Region of Artik, Republic of Armenia
7th and 13th Centuries
AA Vol. 2, Fiche # 050-058.
The Monastery of Haricavank' is located in the village of the same name
(approx. coord. 40-36 / 44-04) in the region of Artik, Republic of Armenia.The
village is 3 km southeast of the town of Artik, the regional center.
Archaeological excavations begun in 1966 indicate that the nearby village
of Harich was in existence during the 2nd century BC and was one of the
more well known fortress towns in Armenia.
The monastery itself is surrounded by walls and includes the churches of S. Grigor Lusavoritch and S. Astvatsatsin, the two gavits, and several chapels constructed at various periods. The Church of
S. Grigor Lusavoritch is attributed to the 7th century on the basis of its architectural details. The precise date of its founding is still unknown, however its is considered to have been no later than the 7th century. The probable date of construction for the Church of S. Grigor Luswvoritch is the 7th century and for the ruined basilican Church of S. Harut'iun, located in a nearly cemetery, it is the 5th century. Two inscriptions on the Church of S. Astvatsatsin state that it was erected in 1201 AD by the Amirspasala Prince Zakare Zakarean. The complex subsequently became known as one of the most famous monastic centers in Armenia and it was especially renowned for its school and scriptorium.