Sefan in Armenia is the closest area to Georgia. There are not many people here and tourists are even rarer. Because of this, it is full of exploration significance. The architectural style here is Caucasian.
The Monastery of Sefan is on a small peninsula on the shore of Lake Sevan. It is said that it was originally only on an island in the center of the lake. It is what it is now because of human construction. He was built in the ninth century AD. Commonly known as the Black Church.
The Monastery of Sefan, also known as the "Black Monastery", is located on the top of the mountain next to Lake Sevan. It was built in the ninth century. For 11 centuries of wind, frost, snow and rain, I do not know how many caravans on the Silk Road passed by. At present, the monastery has long been empty, only the cross in the courtyard records the past glory. Early morning and evening are the most beautiful times in Lake Sevan. The monastery is solemn and quiet, with weather-beaten tough lines outlined under the sky. It is simple and elegant. It stands quietly on the shore of Lake Sevan, telling the believers that they have been committed for thousands of years. Faith. The brick wall has gone through wind and frost, but the wind hasn't diminished. Instead, it has a sense of heaviness that has been nurtured by history. Although the monastery looks a bit dilapidated in the sun, it seems that only this way can better reflect its charm. You should know that when many people first started to understand Armenia, they were impressed by the monastery of Sevan on this postcard.
Then we drove along Lake Sevan for more than 40 kilometers. It took forty minutes. At 16:20 we arrived at Sevan Monastery, the last tourist attraction today. This is a monastery located on a highland peninsula that extends into Lake Sevan, probably because of weekends, where there are particularly many tourists. Even the parking lot is full. We parked the car in the back area of the nearby vendors, and then took the dishes cooked in the morning and walked up the climbing stairs to the peninsula highlands. Here you can overlook the vast Lake Sevan. At this time, we climbed up and looked into the distance to discover that Lake Sevan is really big. We drove for about two hours just now, and we haven’t even finished half of it. On one side, it seems that the shore of the lake cannot be seen. Then walk to the very end of the peninsula highland to enjoy the scenery, and continue to the east along the ridge path for a short distance. The side of this path is covered with all kinds of yellow thatch, which shows the blue sky and white clouds in this season. The yellow color is also a unique scenery against the backdrop of the lake and the distant mountains. In addition to looking at the lake view, we also watched the monastery by the lake from different angles. Today, there are two churches in the monastery, which are similar in shape and have an octagonal cone structure. The larger one is the Church of Saints, and the other is the Church of Our Lady. Finally, we walked into the church and visited the simpler interior. At 17:40 we ended our 80-minute tour and drove away to Dilijan, our accommodation destination tonight.
Sevan Monastery is located on the original Sevan Island in Lake Sevan. Because water conservancy projects in the Soviet era lowered the water level of Lake Sevan, the island has now become a peninsula. The monastery was built in the 9th century. The existing buildings are the Church of the Holy Apostles in the lower part and the Church of Our Lady of the Nativity in the upper part. The latter is larger and has many preserved monuments. The two churches are both simple and square in shape and very grand. It is worth a visit.