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Sevanavank Monastery

Sevanavank Monastery

Sevanavank  is located on Sevan Lake peninsula in Gegharkunik Region. After artificial draining of Sevan…

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Areni St. Astvatsatsin Church

Areni St. Astvatsatsin Church

Astvatsatsin is located on the top of a high hill that overlooks Arpa River in…

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Folk Art Museum

Folk Art Museum

In the end of 1930s headed by the ethnographer and folk-collector Habetnak Babayan they founded…

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Oshakan Village

 

Population: 5,822

Region: Aragatsotn

The village Oshakan is situated 8 kilometers southwest from Ashtarak administrative center in Aragatsotn Region. Oshakan is well known among pilgrims of the Armenian Apostolic Church.  However, it is most popular as the place where Mesrop Mashtots was burried, the creator of the Armenian alphabet (442year) is buried. Later in 1875, a church was built on the tomb of MesropMashtots that is well-known for its wall-painting by one of the Armenian talented artists H. Minasyan.

Excavations have been carried out nearby the Oshakan village, due to which a 7-5th century BC fortress was found together with five palace complexes. Not far in a valley of Mankanots, there is a 7th century Sion church with an unusual plinth (6-7th c.) that is believed to indicate the tomb of the Byzantine emperor Mauricius or his mother. A number of saints are buried in the vicinities including with several rich Iron Age tomb fields.

 

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