Neghutsi Vank

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Neghutsi Vank
Նեղուցի վանք
Neghutsi Vank is located in Armenia
Neghutsi Vank
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Basic information
Location Near Arzakan, Kotayk Province,  Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40°27′24″N 44°35′05″E / 40.4567°N 44.5847°E / 40.4567; 44.5847Coordinates: 40°27′24″N 44°35′05″E / 40.4567°N 44.5847°E / 40.4567; 44.5847
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Status Abandoned/Ruins
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 10th or 11th century
Dome(s) two; one was placed over the church and one over the gavit. Both have since collapsed.

Neghutsi Vank (Armenian: Նեղուցի վանք) is a monastery built in the 10th or 11th century situated in a clearing on a hillside overlooking a valley and the village of Arzakan in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The monastery is located approximately 2 km northwest of the village center. Another small church with a small obelisk is located in the town nearby.

The monastery consists of a church of Surb Astvatsatsin which adjoins a large gavit. Just south of and adjacent to the church and gavit are the remains of a rectangular depression with two foundations that adjoin each other. There are the remnants of a doorway and four columns, and it seems to have served as a small church with a gavit. Further upon the hill is a cemetery with a small chapel/mausoleum.

S. Astvatsatsin church has three walls that have remained intact, while its southern wall has since collapsed. A small portion of the drum that once supported a dome still stands as well. A single portal leads into the gavit of the church at the western wall.

The gavit abuts the hillside its northwestern wall. All four of its original walls still stand and its interior roof is still in place but the exterior is not. Four very large columns support the arches that bear the weight of the roof and what was once the drum and dome that are now gone. There are inscriptions that date from the 13th century that may be found on the walls.



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