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the village-monastery of Narek, early 1900s
Narekavank is located in Turkey
Shown within Turkey
Basic information
Location Narek, Van Province, Ottoman Empire
Geographic coordinates 38°17′49″N 42°55′42″E / 38.296875°N 42.928256°E / 38.296875; 42.928256Coordinates: 38°17′49″N 42°55′42″E / 38.296875°N 42.928256°E / 38.296875; 42.928256
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Status Completely destroyed in 1915 by Turkish Army, replaced by mosque
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Groundbreaking tenth century

Narekavank (Armenian: Նարեկավանք Narekavank)) was a tenth-century Armenian monastery in the Vaspurakan province of historical Armenia near the southern shores of Lake Van (now in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey). It was founded during the reign of King Gagik I (908-943) of the kingdom of Vaspurakan.[1] The monastery was an important intellectual center whose most famous pupil was Gregory of Narek.

The monastery ceased to function in 1915, during the Armenian Genocide, and was demolished in 1951. The Kurdish-populated village of Yemişlik grew up on the site, and a mosque now stands where the monastery once stood.[2][3]

See also[edit]

  • Aghtamar, an island 10 km northeast on which the contemporaneous Palatine Cathedral of the Holy Cross was constructed by the same king
  • Varagavank


  1. ^ Hewsen, Robert H. (2000), "Van in This World; Paradise in the Next: The Historical Geography of Van/Vaspurakan", in Hovannisian, Richard G.,  Armenian Van/Vaspurakan , Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces , Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers , p. 27, OCLC 44774992 
  2. ^ Suciyan, Talin (7 April 2007). "Holy Cross survives, diplomacy dies". Armenian Reporter. Retrieved 28 June 2013. "On the day of inauguration, Archbishop Mesrob II, Patriarch of Armenians in Turkey, went to visit Nareg Monastery in the village of Yemişlik – the former Narek village. In the place where Nareg Monastery once stood, today there is a mosque. Six years ago, there were still some remnants of an archway of the monastery. In Sevan Nişanyan’s book, Eastern Turkey, Nareg Monastery is called a very important remnant of Armenian architecture, destroyed in 1951." 
  3. ^ Papazian, Iris (19 July 1997). "Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian on a Sentimental Journey to Western Armenia". Armenian Reporter International. p. 18. "The group also visited the village of Narek, now desolate. The image of a mosque on the very spot where once stood the famed Narek Monastery caused great sorrow." 

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