Dadivank Monastery
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Katrin Y
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Dec 2019 • Family
Dadivank belongs to Armenians.
Dadivank also Khutavank monastery on the hill is an Armenian monastery.. It was built between the 9th and 13th century. Located in Shahumian region. Artsakh.The main church has Armenian scripts.
Written 12 November 2020
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MizuhoK
Hino, Japan2,919 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is located in Artshakh, or Nagorno Kahabakh, unverified country, where Armenia has effective control now. We saw many young soldiers here, helping restoration and construction work. Their leader was talking to the priest for instructions. It seems to us that it is an important job for Artshakh military to protect their monastery.
It is a well worth seeing that frescoes here used to be covered by soot and dust since muslims didn’t appreciate those when Azerbaijan time. Our guide explained to us with pride that Armenians cleaned and restored and brought it back to nearly normal.
The location is significant surrounded by mountains.
This monastery tells you so much to us.
Written 5 September 2019
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ctsounis
New York City, NY1,019 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
A charismatic priest, Father Abraham Malkhasyan, invited me to join his pilgrimage to Armenia recently with the Holy Martyrs Church under the leadership of President Aram Ciamician in coordination with the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR ).

In Artsakh, we traveled to Dadivank, a monastery of incredible beauty in a scenic gorge. It is being restored. Poor Kurds, struggling to exist, lived in it, destroying its mosaics through heating sources. This monastery’s restoration will rewrite our perception of Armenian Orthodox monasteries. The numerous monasteries we visited did not have mosaics or iconography as in Greece, Russia or Italy.
Restoration of the 1214 fresco of St. Stephen is being conducted in the Katoghike Church that was used as stables during communist regime. The “Enthronment of St. Nicholas and restoration of the St. Stephen frescoes are beautiful.
Father Abraham had a religious service in Katoghike Cathedral. He chanted Armenian hymns, blessing the souls of all martyrs with traditional Armenian religious chanting. The Khackars of Dadivank are exceptional. A khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Khachkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art.3 We must begin pilgrimages to see the first Christians in Armenia, the land of the first Christian nation.
Written 28 May 2019
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Yali K
United States1,894 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
It was built on the base of pre-Christian time temple and expanded into a multiple function complex. From our guide Anush, we learned great deal of church history, setup and wine processing and wine cell, etc. It is a good place for culture and history learning.
Written 28 April 2019
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Wayward_American
Auckland180 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I have just visited in May 2018 Dadivank Monastery in the north eastern part of the largely unrecognized country that its inhabitants call Artsakh.

Anyway, I rented a two-wheel drive Ford Focus in Yerevan, Armenia and drove it north from Yerevan and then east along the southern shore of Sevan Lake and then entered into Artsakh (aka Nagorno-Karabakh).

I understand that the main road has been recently repaved and I had zero difficulties getting to the intersection road that leads up to Dadivank Monastery. And guess what? The road leading up to the Monastery itself was even better . . . brand new asphalt! No worries!

The turnoff from the main road is at 40.157901°N, 46.283473°E and the top of the Monastery grounds is close to 40.161894°N, 46.288005°E

As to the border crossing from Armenia to Artsakh also no worries. Short checking of documents and car registration card and I was on my way. Even faster exiting back to Armenia on the “south road” from the capital city of Stepanakert (also known Khankendi and often shown in Cyrillic as Xankəndi).

It’s obvious that the government cares a lot about this monastery as significant monies are being spent on a major reconstruction which was well underway while I was there. Expert assistance has been brought in from Italy to assist with restoration of some of the frescos inside the buildings.

I actually found the reconstruction to be more asset than liability as you could see a work in progress.

I loved the natural green and wooded surroundings with steep mountains in all directions and an active river that cuts through the valley below. This was my favorite monastery that I saw in all of Artsakh and Armenia.

Clear warm, not hot, May weather with wildflowers in bloom enhanced the experience.
Written 2 June 2018
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JGDynamo
Canada2,158 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Doing a tour of the area last week we were happy to have our 4X4 to get to Dadivank Monastery as the road is rough, probably could have made it through with a regular vehicle but may have bottomed out in a couple of places. The Monastery is a bit more ruined than others in the area but it is also older than many of them too. It is located in a perfect natural setting, the restorations they did about 10 years ago helped to preserve the structure which is wonderful for many future generations. The craftsmanship and detailed carvings are impressive as well and you should take your time here in the peaceful surroundings and let it wash over you.
Written 10 July 2017
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Ben W
New Westminster, Canada4,114 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
The Monastery in Dadivank is a very impressive complex of churches and other clerical buildings that were built over a span of more than 1300 years. Now, many of the building are damaged by the time or destroyed. But since it is such an unique ensemble of churches from different ages, it is still worth to visit that monastery, even if it is far away from any major traffic route. One should take a bit time to explore the area of the monastery; some of the architectural treasures are partially hidden underground… Additionally, the landscape it great! And, despite its remoteness, some of the churches are still used by people of that area. I also appreciate the visible efforts to maintain/restore the many buildings.
Written 14 June 2017
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Ashot81
Yerevan, Armenia513 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Dadivank is one the most beautiful corners and amazing destination in Artsakh Republic. Previously the road to the monastery was in bad conditions which made very difficult for tourists to reach it. Nowadays the road both from Stepanakert and from Vardenis is in very good conditions, so please do not hesitate to visit.
The monastery is very old, found in the 7-th century (maybe even in 5-th, according to some sources). It is very beautiful and in great harmony with the amazing nature.
Written 29 May 2017
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Paul B
Kansas City, MO18 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Me and a friend hired a taxi in Stepanakert who took us here (friend spoke some Russian, which was a BIG help). It's a long drive, and the last 10-20 miles of road is pretty rough, but you CAN make it WITHOUT 4 wheel drive. Quite, beautiful, serene, much of it is well preserved. The trip out and back from Stepanakert is a great way to spend a day.
Written 20 May 2016
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Ian S
Trenton, NJ61 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
Not easy to get to, but worth the effort. Views are amazing, though there's no organized guides or tours once you get there, at least this time of year. Road from Drombon/Martakert is great and newly paved up until the last 5 miles. Just beware the road up from Stepanakert isn't great north of Vank. I'd recommend having a 4wd vehicle, but not required.
Written 2 December 2015
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