Marmashen Monastry

Marmashen Monastery

While being in Gyumri you can aslo visit the monastic complex known as Marmashen Vank. It is located on a shelf overlooking the left bank of the Akhurian River. It’s a 25 minute drive from Gyumri. You can take a taxi that will cost you approximately 1500 drams.

The churches at Marmashen are the best surviving examples of the “Ani school” of medieval Armenian architecture to be found in the Armenian Republic. Marmashen was also the dynastic burial place for the Pahlavids.

An inscription dated 1029 is carved on the south façade of the Katoghike (Cathedral) church, the largest church in the complex. It states that Prince Vahram Pahlavouni constructed the monastery. Vahram Pahlavouni (967-1045), also rendered as Pahlavid, was the sparapet(commander-in-chief) of the army of the Armenian kings of Ani.

In the 19th century it was said that the name Marmashen was a corruption of the name Marmarashen meaning “a building built of marble”. The monastery is still known locally as Marmarashen. There is no marble used in its construction, but the name may just signify the high quality of the stonework.

IconAddressMarmashen, Shirak

Completed: 10th century

IconAddressMarmashen, Shirak

Completed: 10th century