Kirants Monastery

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Kirants Monastery
Կիրանց Վանք
Kirants Monastery.jpg
The drum and dome of Kirants.
Kirants Monastery is located in Armenia
Kirants Monastery
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Basic information
Location 10 km SW of Kirants, Tavush Province, Armenia
Geographic coordinates 41°00′43″N 44°59′25″E / 41.011895°N 44.990336°E / 41.011895; 44.990336Coordinates: 41°00′43″N 44°59′25″E / 41.011895°N 44.990336°E / 41.011895; 44.990336
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 8th century

Kirants Monastery is an 8th-century Armenian monastery located about 10 kilometers southwest of Kirants village in the Tavush Province of Armenia.

The story behind Kirants is extraordinary. This church unlike all other monasteries built in Armenia is constructed mostly by brick and mortar. "Kir" is the word for mortar. "-ants" brings meaning that the previous word has "passed" the level, or is not level or uneven. The village had a one very rich man who had one very beautiful daughter. A master craftsman and mason had fallen in love with the daughter and she with him. However, he came from a very poor family and he knew that he would have a difficult time convincing her father to allow him to have her hand in marriage. He tried non the less and the rich man said he would give his blessing if he the craftsmen well known for his talents would build him a church in the village. The craftsman agreed and built the beautiful church. He was on the top of the "drum or dome" and near completion of the church when the rich man came to see how things were coming along. The Craftsman asked the rich man "how does the church look?" the rich man responded by saying it looks great but "kiren antsa" or the line of the brick and mortar looks uneven. From this statement the craftsman, who was so excited that the church would be finished and he could marry his love, realized that the rich man had no intention to grant his daughters hand in marriage and jumps from the "drum or dome" taking his own life.

This story is how "Kirantsi vank" or the "Kirants Monastery" got its name.

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