Geghardavank (also known as ‘Ayrivank; – the cave monastery) is situated in a picturesque canyon, 28 km south-east of Yerevan. The main church of Katoghike is a domed hall construction built in 1215. The narthex was attached from the west in 1225-1230. The other parts of the monastery were created under the rule of father and son Proshians/Khaghbakyans, and were carved out of solid rock. The first church was carved out by architect Galdzak in 1282. The second church of St. Godmother and the adjacent narthex date back to 1283. On the second level, there is another rock-carved building – the mausoleum of Papak and his wife Rousukan (1288).
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