Canyons, Killing, and Wine

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Noravank Monastery sitting in the cayon

Bellies full we headed on to Noravank Monastery.  It is set back in a canyon in the Areni region.  As we drove through the canyon we were all in awe of the landscapes.  It reminded me of Arizona.  The rock faces rising from the green valley.  Noravank is unique because it a two story church.  It was designed and built by an architect to impress a king.  He fell in love with the king’s daughter, but because he was just a poor architect this would never be accepted.  He went to the king and as was told if he could impress the king then he could marry the daughter.  So the architect built this new and different church.  The king was impressed and knew he would have to fulfill his promise, so he sent his guards to the church and told them to kill the architect when he laid the last stone.

Brain Almighty
  This is such a sad story for such a beautiful building.  One of the other churches in the complex has the only representation of God on an Armenian building.

 

We climbed up the hill behind the monastery some while Gevorg told us to watch out for snakes.  Once again Rob was thrilled.  The views were so insanely beautiful it was like being in a postcard.  It just was not real.  We made our way down with lots of cameras going.  It was time to move on to the last stop for the day.  On the way we had a pause at the entrances to caves in the canyons.  There are extensive caves with stalactites and stalagmites in them. We didn’t have time to explore so we were off. 

 

Just down the road we stopped at the Areni Wine Factory for a tasting.

Cayon flora
  The Areni grapes are  said to be the nest in Armenia.  The wines have won numerous awards.  They also make wines form other fruits from the area.  We tried a red that most of the others like, but Rob and I were not impressed.  We thought it was just too dry.  The next was a semi-sweet red.  We thought it would be wonderful for sangria and you wouldn’t even need to add sugar.  Moving on to the fruit wines, I really enjoyed the pomegranate and cherry wines.  I had to buy one of each to bring home for sharing.  We also tried a white that wasn’t even labeled.  It wasn’t very good and just tasted dry.  No one really cared for it and a single glass was passed around and not finished.  We passed on that one.

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Noravank Monastery sitting in the …
Noravank Monastery sitting in the…
Brain Almighty
Brain Almighty
Cayon flora
Cayon flora
Rocky faces
Rocky faces
Rolling hills along the way
Rolling hills along the way
View from the mini bus
View from the mini bus
Dramtic landscape from Noravank Mo…
Dramtic landscape from Noravank M…
Rolling cayon hills
Rolling cayon hills
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”)…
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”…
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”)…
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”…
Bird carving at Noravank Monastery
Bird carving at Noravank Monastery
Small chapel at Noravank Monastery
Small chapel at Noravank Monastery
Interior of small chapel
Interior of small chapel
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”)…
Astvatsatsin (“Mother of God”…
Heavenly glow
Heavenly glow
Me on the stairs of Astvatsatsin (…
Me on the stairs of Astvatsatsin …
Door into first floor of Astvatsat…
Door into first floor of Astvatsa…
Stairs to second floor of Astvatsa…
Stairs to second floor of Astvats…
Interior of tower of Astvatsatsin …
Interior of tower of Astvatsatsin…
S. Karapet Church
S. Karapet Church
Facade of S. Karapet Church
Facade of S. Karapet Church
Face of God on the facade of S. Ka…
Face of God on the facade of S. K…
Wooden door of S. Karapet Church
Wooden door of S. Karapet Church
Ceiling of S. Karapet Church
Ceiling of S. Karapet Church
Crosses carved into S. Karapet Chu…
Crosses carved into S. Karapet Ch…
Roof lines of S. Karapet Church
Roof lines of S. Karapet Church
Interior of S. Karapet Church
Interior of S. Karapet Church
Elaborate corss stone
Elaborate corss stone
High alter of S. Karapet Chruch
High alter of S. Karapet Chruch
Interior od S. Karapet Church
Interior od S. Karapet Church
Carving at Noravank Monastery
Carving at Noravank Monastery
Script carved into wall
Script carved into wall
Script and crosses carved into the…
Script and crosses carved into th…
Cross stone at Noravank Monastery
Cross stone at Noravank Monastery
Where old candles go after they ar…
Where old candles go after they a…
Hill behind Noravank Monastery
Hill behind Noravank Monastery
Avoiding snakes on the hill behind…
Avoiding snakes on the hill behin…
Spire of the Astvatsatsin (“Moth…
Spire of the Astvatsatsin (“Mot…
Me on another wonderful sunny day
Me on another wonderful sunny day
Rob in the bright sun day
Rob in the bright sun day
Rob and me at Noravank Monastery
Rob and me at Noravank Monastery
Steep rock face
Steep rock face
Cayon rocks
Cayon rocks
Green fertile fields
Green fertile fields
Rolling hill
Rolling hill
Blue, blue sky
Blue, blue sky
Mt Ararat along the way
Mt Ararat along the way
Driving into the canyon
Driving into the canyon
Me with the breathtaking landscape…
Me with the breathtaking landscap…
Majestic view of a river
Majestic view of a river
Rob swnapping a photo in Astvatsat…
Rob swnapping a photo in Astvatsa…
Nates, Rob and me on hte hill behi…
Nates, Rob and me on hte hill beh…
Trying out the local wine at the A…
Trying out the local wine at the …
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