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Creator King Senekerim-Hovhannes of Vaspurakan .
Title Varagavank' Monastery
Religious buildings
Alternative Title Holy Cross Monastery of Varag; Varagvank'; Varagay St. Nshan Vank'; S. Nsani Vank'; Monastery of the Seven Churches; Yedi kilise
Is Part of Architectural Images Collection
Location Bakraçlı, Van region, Turkey
Coverage Armenian
Time Period 11th-13th centuries CE
Description During their journey across Armenia at the end of the 3rd century, Sts. Gayane and Hrip'sime are said to have brought a fragment of the True Cross to Van. When they left Vaspurakan the relic was lost until the 7th century, when it was miraculously found on Varag mountain by a monk and taken to a hermitage that stood on the site of what was to become Varagavank monastery. Varagavank', formerly the richest and best known monastery of Vaspurakan, and the residence of the archbishop of Van. The monastery lay close to the southern slopes of Mt. Varag (now called Erek Dağı), north-east of Van city. The monastery flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries, after the wars between the Ottoman and Persian empires had been settled, but declined rapidly during the 19th century. Varagavank was destroyed on April 30th 1915, during the siege of Van.
Subject Monasteries
Type Images
Format Tiff; Jpeg2000
Source Parsegian, V.L.. Armenian Architecture (Zug, Switzerland; IDC, 1980)
Identifier A-2183
Rights Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; Armenian Educational Council
Rights Holder Khachatrion, H.; Les Tina, D.; Muller-Simonis;
Record number 000002216
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Architectural Images > Armenian Architecture Collection

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