Cross stones at Sevanavanq
After lunch we packed up and headed to Lake Sevan Our stop there was at the Sevanavank. It use to be on and island but during Soviet occupation Stalin order the lake to be lowered by 25 meters. This caused an ecological change the local fish the Sevana Iishkhan began to die out. To resolve this they introduced the Sig which ate all of the natural food and all of the Sevana Iishkhan. Due to over fishing, the population is very small and they are trying to correct the issue.
Sevanavanq use to have three ancient stone churches, but Stalin felt the one on top was to high and order it to leveled.
There are many cross stones on the courtyard of one of the churches. Many of them have been broken. Invaders did this to break the head off of the Armenians’ religion to break this faith, but it did not work. The church was actually closed, but the had fantastic views of the lake, Mt Ararat, and the surrounding areas. The lake was peaceful and was a nice nature break…..water always is for me. We even saw some resort houses of former Soviet members. As we were leaving the fishermen were standing roadside trying to sell their catch. I saw one of them holding his hands up and out wide. Gevorg told us that he was showing how big the fish is that he has for sale.
Getting back on the road we headed back to Yerevan. On the way, our driver stopped to buy apples from a vendor on the side of the road. Gevorg cut one and shared with all four of us. It was tasty. We also passed a herd of cows and goats being driven up the interstate. Well, that is a bit of an understatement. They were taking us most of the three lanes on the southbound side……and there were so many…..maybe close to a hundred. OMG….then came the rams and sheep…..and there were hundred of them and even one of the shepherds was on horseback. It was quite a sight and actually VERY dangerous as most cars on this road are going very very fast.