Makenyats Vank

Makenyats Vank is nestled on the edge of a gorge in the village of Makenis, 5.5 miles (9km) or 25 minute drive from the main Lake Sevan road. The monastery was founded in 851 with the construction of the Saint Astvatsatsin Church by Prince Grigor Supan II, the son of Princess Mariam, who was also the founder of Kotavank in Nerkin Getashen. It served as a major cultural and educational center for the medieval province of Gegharkunik.