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Location: Syunik region
Established: 10 c.
From Yerevan: 311 km/ 4 h. 30 min.
Monastic complex Vahanavank is located 5 km South-West of Kapan city of Syunik region, on the right bank of the Voghj River. According to Stepanos Orbelyan (Armenian historian), the founder of the monastery was Vahan, son of Syunik duke Dzagik; the monastery was named after him. The first establishment of the complex: St. Gregory church, was founded in 911; this is a cross-domed construction, built of reddish basalt. The church has two entrances: from West and South.
Vahanavank is one of the greatest works of Armenian architecture, the priceless treasure of Syunik region. Vahanavank complex is surrounded by forests. Up today there is an operating water source of 10 the century in the territory; it is made of clay pipes.
This complex was popular for being a cultural center; it had a school, where pupils from different settlements of Syunik got education. The monastery was financially secure; had it own villages, large tracts of land.