Goshavank Monastery, Dilijan, Armenia
Գոշավանք; meaning "Monastery
of Gosh"; previously known as Nor Getik) is a
12-13th century Armenian monastery located in the
village of Gosh in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Today
the monastery is not a functioning religious complex,
although it remains a popular tourist destination and
has recently undergone some light restoration. The
impressive monastery which has remained in relatively
good condition also houses one of the world's finest
examples of a khachkar.
erected in the place of an older monastery once known as
Nor Getik, which had been destroyed by an
earthquake in 1188.
Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, scientist and author of
numerous fables and parables as well as the first
criminal code, took part in the rebuilding of the
Mkhitar Gosh founded a school. One of its alumni, an
Armenian scientist by the name of
Kirakos Gandzaketsi wrote The History of Armenia.
The architect Mkhitar the Carpenter and his disciple
Hovhannes also took an active part in the building of
the monastery. The complex was later renamed Goshavank
and the village named Gosh in his honor.