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Saghmosavank (“The Monastery of Psalms” in Armenian) located in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The monastery complexes of Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank are 5 kilometers apart and both monuments perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh River. Their silhouettes dominate the adjacent villages and rise sharply against the background of the mountains crowned by Mt. Aragats.
The architectural ensembles of Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank are distinguished by a compact arrangement of the monuments around the main building. The clever use of the terrain (the eastern walls of the churches verge on the edge of the precipice and seem to be an extension of it) adds to the picturesqueness of the complexes which are especially expressive when viewed from the opposite side of the Kasakh River Canyon.
The interior of the Saghmosavank is unusually beautiful. The red and black colors of some separate parts are due to the red and black stones. Red, white and yellow paint adds to the whole beauty of the walls as well as the entire interior. The eastern and western facades are distinguished by modest decoration and khachkars are inserted into masonry in various parts of the facade, some into the arched niches. Numerous memorial crosses are cut on it.
The book repository of Saghmosavank, built in 1255 under Prince Kurd Vachutyan is among Armenia’s finest buildings and original in its composition. As a renowned academic center, the Saghmosavank Monastery was famous for its manuscripts and illuminated miniatures.
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