Surp Khach Monastery

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Surp Khach Monastery
Սուրբ Խաչ վանք
Stary Krym Monastyr Surb Chacz.jpg
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationStaryi Krym
Surp Khach Monastery is located in Ukraine
Surp Khach Monastery
Shown within Ukraine
Geographic coordinates45°00′03″N 35°03′45″E / 45.000708°N 35.062529°E / 45.000708; 35.062529Coordinates: 45°00′03″N 35°03′45″E / 45.000708°N 35.062529°E / 45.000708; 35.062529

Surp Khach Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Խաչ վանք, 'Monastery of the Holy Cross') is a medieval Armenian monastery located on the Crimean peninsula near Staryi Krym and founded in 1358.[1] Before the USSR nationalized it, this monastery owned 4,000 acres of land, while during the Soviet period it served various functions from Pioneer Camp to tuberculosis clinic.[2] It has been an Armenian spiritual center and a place of pilgrimage for centuries.[1]

It's also the name of the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in Lake Van, Turkey.

The central bank of Russia issued a silver coin dedicated to Surp Khach Monastery in 2017.[3]



  1. ^ a b "National Bank of Ukraine issues commemorative coin in honor of Armenian monastery". PanARMENIAN.Net. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
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  3. ^ "Crimean Surp Khach monastery from the fourteenth century featured on newest Russian silver coin". 10 March 2017.