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Monasteries in Armenia

Filed in Armenia by on April 23, 2011 0 Comments

Monasteries in Armenia

Monasteries in Armenia

Armenia is know for its amazing well preserved Orthodox Monasteries, hidden inside gorgeous valleys of overlooking fantastic lakes.

I entered twice in Armenia in the summer of 2008. I was driving so I got to get a general view of the whole country, and enough freedom (since i could take myself anywhere since I had the car) to search for hidden spots.

A complete list of all the monasteries in Armenia:

Monasteries in Armenia

Monasteries in Armenia

Akhtala monastery, Arakelots Monastery, Artavazik Church, Bgheno-Noravank, Geghard, Gharghavank, Gndevank, Goshavank, Haghartsin Monastery, Haghpat Monastery, Harichavank Monastery, Havuts Tar, Hayravank Monastery, Hnevank, Horomayri Monastery, Hovhannavank Monastery, Kecharis Monastery, Khor Virap, Kirants Monastery, Kobayr monastery, Kotavank, Lmbatavank, Makaravank Monastery, Makenyats Vank, Makravank Monastery, Marmashen monastery, Noravank, Pemzashen Church, Ptghavank, Saghmosavank Monastery, Saint Hripsime Church, Saint Sargis Monastery of Ushi, Sanahin Monastery, Sevanavank, Shoghakat, Surb Hovhannes Church of Byurakan, Surb Hovhannes Church of Voskevaz, Surb Zoravor Church of Yerevan, Tatev, Tatevi Anapat, Tegher Monastery, Vahanavank, Vanevan Monastery, Vankasar Monastery.

A little bit of history of the Orthodox Church

A little bit of history of the Orthodox Church

A little bit of history of the Orthodox Church

The First Council of Nicaea in 325, establishing the Pentarchy, when the Church was organized under five patriarchs, the bishops of Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople and Rome, while the Bishop of Rome was considered the “primus” (first) among patriarchs, although many interpret this title as the “primus inter pares (first among equals).

However, when the residence of the Emperor and the Senate was moved to Constantinople (in 330 AD), the papacy consequently lost influence and especially the bishop of Constantinople, had considerably increased his authority over the Eastern churches, although Rome continue with a special authority because of its connection with St. Peter.

A little bit of history of the Orthodox Church

A little bit of history of the Orthodox Church

A series of complex problems such as doctrinal disputes, councils being contested, the evolution of separate rites and the position of the Pope of Rome was not real or not being given authority – this all led to the division in 1054 that divided the Church between the Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church in the East (Greece, Russia, Anatolia, Syria, Egypt, etc), this division is called schism.

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