Tsitsernavank monastery is built in the vicinity of the village Tsitsernavank, in a picturesque area between the river Aghavno and its affluent Khozavar.
Tsitsernavank monastery is built in the vicinity of the village Tsitsernavank, in a picturesque area between the river Aghavno and its affluent Khozavar. According to legend, come down to our days, the monastery is named after the swallow, which saved the lives of builders of the monastery. Noting that a poisonous snake got into the pot in which the food is cooked, she tried to attract the attention of builders with chirping, but they did not understand its prevention. Then swallow threw herself into a pot of lunch and thus saved them from certain death. The monastery was founded on the site of a pagan temple in the V-VII centuries. The church is crowned with a basilica with nave, one of the most remarkable creations of Armenian architecture. The church impresses with dimensions and wall mural paintings. The monastic complex is surrounded by walls, monastic cells with vaulted ceilings and windows are built into the wall. It currently houses the archaeological museum. The gate dating back to 1613 is preserved in the western part. In recent years the church has been restored and is currently practically in the original condition. The refectory of the monastery is transformed into a unique museum.
Tsitsernavank is confidently attributed to one of the most beautiful and perfect architectural monuments not only of Artsakh, but also of the entire Armenian architecture.
12 km from Tsitsernavank are famous in this region hot springs. Hot water from source fills three pools, located in the immediate vicinity of the source. One of the pools is deep, other smaller and suitable for children. Hot Springs are known for their medicinal properties.