Why we love Noravank

Noravank, the jewel of the Armenian religious architecture, is a Monastery Complex of the 13th-14th centuries situated 122 km from Yerevan. Noravank literally means new monastery which may sound very strange in our days taking into consideration the centuries-old age of Noravank. The Monastery was founded on the ledge of a narrow winding gorge and can be reached up the twisting road. The gorge is surrounded by steep cliffs rich in caves where people lived 5-6 thousand years ago. They produced wine here. By the way, the grape stones and skins together with wine making equipment, uncovered in Areni-1 cave during excavations, testify that this region is considered the earliest known winery in the world. In this very cave a pair of 5500-year-old shoes was found made of one-piece leather which is nowadays considered the most ancient leather shoe in the world.

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