Photographs. Makaravank Monastery

The legend goes that a certain craftsman named Makar built the Makaravank monastery together with his son. As the walls were growing higher, Makar was spending nights on the walls of the monastery, while his son was preparing the stones for him. One day he noticed that the stones and the patterns carved into them now looked different. When Makar found out that his son passed away, he committed suicide jumping off the church’s top. The villagers buried him under the walls of the monastery and named it after the craftsman – Makaravank (monastery of Makar).
The main gates of the Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia


The main entrance of the Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
The monastery of Makaravank, Tavush Province, Armenia
12th century church, Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Crosses and inscriptions on the walls of Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Reliefs on the walls of Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
13th century chapel, Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
The stone cross above the main entrance to Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia
The main gates of the Makaravank monastery, Tavush province, Armenia

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