Basic information
Location Saghmosavan, Aragatsotn Province,Armenia Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40°22′50″N 44°23′48″E / 40.380536°N 44.396672°E / 40.380536; 44.396672Coordinates: 40°22′50″N 44°23′48″E / 40.380536°N 44.396672°E / 40.380536; 44.396672
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architect(s) Vardapet Aighbairik
Architectural style Armenian
Groundbreaking 1215
Year completed 1221
Armenia location map
Shown within Armenia

The Saghmosavank Monastery (Armenian: Սաղմոսավանք) is a 13th century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Like the Hovhannavank Monastery which is five kilometers north, Saghmosavank is situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river. Their silhouettes dominate the adjacent villages and rise sharp against the background of the mountains crowned by Mount Aragats. [1]

The main temples of the monasteries erected by Prince Vache Vachutyan - the Church of Zion in Saghmosavank (1215) and the Church of Karapet in Hovhannavank (1216-1221) belong to the same type of cross-winged domed structure with two-floor annexes in all the corners of the building. Subcupola space predominates in the interiors of both churches, which is reflected in the exterior shapes of these structures.



  1. Architectural Ensembles of Armenia"O. Khalpakhchian, published in Moscow by Iskusstvo Publishers in 1980.

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