Gandzasar Monastery is the largest and best-preserved monastery in Karabakh. The monastery was first seen in historical records in the 10th century; however, the existing buildings are from the 12th and 13th centuries. The bas-relief on the outer side of the high roof of the central building of the Church of St. John the Baptist is an Armenian art masterpiece.
We drove away and proceeded to the next scenic spot according to the "Exploratory Map" navigation guidance. Today we are returning to Armenia along the main northern route of the Republic of Naqqa. After the car left the capital, Stepanakert, it took about 50 kilometers to drive for 1 hour. At 10:25 we arrived at the second tourist attraction Gandzasar Monastery. During this section of the journey, I saw the capital airport of the Republic of Naga by the road. It was the first time I saw such a simple "international airport". The next section of the road was misled by offline navigation, and there was a section of sandy and gravel roads in the countryside. The road conditions were very poor and bumpy, and the road was only bumpy. I was very worried that the trip planned today seemed to be ruined. Later, I was relieved when I returned to the smooth asphalt road of the main road. Most of the current buildings of this church were built in the 12th to 13th centuries, and it is currently the largest and best-preserved church in Karabakh. Located on the high ground surrounded by mountains, this monastery is now very magnificent under the sun. Very few people visit here, and the empty parking lot has only a handful of two or three cars. We circled the inside and outside of the church. According to the introduction of the scenic spots, we mainly watched the reliefs of the stone pillars near the lintel. The various patterns are different but all are more exquisite. Next to this monastery is a newly built museum. Very beautiful modern buildings stand side by side with the dilapidated monastery in this deep mountain valley, which seems a bit out of harmony. There are also many cemeteries near this highland, which is probably the true embodiment of the attraction of this monastery.