St Sophia Church At Varaga Vank

Southeast of the ancient Armenian stronghold of Van lies Varagavank-for centuries one of the pre-eminent religious, educational, and cultural centers of western Armenia. St. Sophia, one of several churches in the huge monastic complex, owes its existence to Princess Khushkhush, daughter of Gagik Bagratuni and wife of King Senekerim of Vaspurakan, who sponsored its construction in A.D. 981.

The monastery was employed as a fortress in the late Middle Ages, and came to be known as Pertavor ("fortress-site"); though it continued to serve as a religious institution, it thereafter maintained an uneasy relationship with the secular authorities of Van. In 1857, a young Mkrtich Khrimian (later to become Catholicos "Khrimian Hayrig") became the abbot of Varagavank, and succeeded in wresting the monastery from outside control.

But its period as an independent entity was short-lived. In 1896, as Armenians throughout the Ottoman empire were massacred without mercy, Varagavank was plundered, and it was totally abandoned in the wake of the Genocide of 1915. This once glorious complex on the slopes of Mount Varag now lies deserted, and in ruins.

About The Demirdjian Family
Advertisements
Spot Light
Advice
Celebrities
Corruption
Did You Know
Food
Health
Heroes
History
Holidays
Inspirational
Jokes
Legal
Miscellaneous
Movies
Music
News
Politics
Random
Relationships
Religion
Special Occasions
Traveling

Help make The Demirdjian Family website better

Your assistance is most welcome. Don't criticize, instead help me make it better.

Support

Contribute

Your assistance is most welcome. Don't criticize, instead help me make it better.

Please email all your comments, suggestions and submissions to webmaster@jdemirdjian.com

Statistics

There are currently 85 online visitors browsing The Demirdjian Family website.