Hnevank

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Hnevank
Հնեվանք
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Hnevank before reconstruction.
Hnevank is located in Armenia
Hnevank
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Basic information
Location near Kurtan, Lori Province,
Armenia Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40°57′11″N 44°35′03″E / 40.952953°N 44.58425°E / 40.952953; 44.58425Coordinates: 40°57′11″N 44°35′03″E / 40.952953°N 44.58425°E / 40.952953; 44.58425
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 7th-12th century

Hnevank (Armenian: Հնեվանք; meaning "Old Monastery" Georgian: ძელი ჭეშმარიტი) is a 7th-12th century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery, located near the village of Kurtan in the Lori Province of Armenia. The monastery is situated on a hill within a gorge, near where the Dzoraget and Gargar rivers join.

The monastery was entirely rebuilt by lord Smbat of the House of Orbelian, a branch of the Liparitids who were expelled to Armenia in the late 12th century from Georgia. Liparitids were themselves a branch of the Mamikonians. Smbat was the ancestor of the Armenian princes of Syunik. A Georgian inscription around the drum attests his name.

The monastery has a gavit and various service buildings scattered around the site.

The government of Armenia has recently begun renovating the monastery, removing much of the historical context of the original structure. The collapsed dome of the main church has been restored entirely.

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