Armenia is a land of big smiles and friendly faces, of boundless skies and magnificent mountains. There is so much to see and do. Ancient culture, beautiful architecture of old churches, impressive cross-stones, picturesque scenery. Once you visit Armenia you want to visit it again and again, the Country has magic. Our project The Interesting World around you takes you to the beautiful places of Armenia and explores it for you. This time our destination is Tavush Province. Tavush is sometimes referred to as a little Armenian Switzerland.
Makaravank monastery complex a 10th to 13th-century church complex near the Achajur village of Tavush Province, Though the monastery is no longer used for services, the complex is well preserved. There are 4 churches, a gavit (narthex) that serves the two largest of the churches, Outside of these is a small Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church attributed to Abbot Hovhannes in 1198 in memory of his parents and brothers, with sculpted a portal.
The monastery complex Nor Varagavank is one of the outstanding monuments of developed medieval times of Armenia. It is situated on a high valley surrounded by woody mountains and picturesque ravines.
The church of the St.Astvatzatzin (Holy Virgin) is the most important building of the complex
Cyclopean masonry- the walls of a building, made of bricks or stone
Cyclopean masonry is a type of stonework found in Mycenaean architecture, built with massive limestone boulders, roughly fitted together with minimal clearance between adjacent stones and with clay mortar or] no use of mortar. The boulders typically seem unworked, but some may have been worked roughly with a hammer and the gaps between boulders filled in with smaller chunks of limestone. The term comes from the belief of classical Greeks that only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders