Amaras Monastery

Foundation: 4th century, rebuilt in 19th century

Location: Martuni Province, Republic of Artsakh

Distance from Yerevan:  380km / 6 hours

Amaras Monastery is located in Republic of Artsakh, near the village of Sos. The Monastery is supposed to be founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the beginning of the 4th century. His grandson St. Grigoris was buried here. A tomb built for his remains still survives under the apse of St. Grigoris church.

Here in the 5th century Mesrop Mashtots (the inventor of Armenian Alphabet) established a school, where Armenian script was used.

Amaras has been destroyed by invaders for several times. The new church, dedicated to St. Grigoris, was built in 1858.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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