Near the village of Togh, in the north-eastern slope of the standing alone mountain, among the thick forests is located the medieval political and spiritual centre of Artsakh - Gtchavank.
Near the village of Togh, in the north-eastern slope of the standing alone mountain, among the thick forests is located the medieval political and spiritual centre of Artsakh - Gtchavank. Famous since the early medieval, the monastery was destroyed in the 7th century, during the reign of the Arabs and was again rebuilt in the 13th century. In the 18th century, with the support of Dizak melik Yegan the territory of the monastery expanded. From an architectural point of view, Gtchavank monastery complex is one of the most interesting monuments of the centuries-old Armenian culture. The monastery consists of a main church, even more ancient chapel and a second church, adjacent to the chapel to the north. In the western part of the complex are preserved ruins of residential buildings and defensive walls. In the complex one can also find delightful khachkars, the oldest of which dates back to the ninth century.
The monastery played an important role in the cultural life of Artsakh. Numerous valuable manuscripts created here, come down to us, favored by engrossing time. In respect of architectural value and unique role in the cultural life of Artsakh, Gtchavank is on a par with such masterpieces of architecture as Gandzasar and Amaras. Since 2007, the monastery restoration works are carried out.