The monastic complex of Goshavank (Monastery of Gosh) is located in the beautiful rocky valley Ghetik the Aghstev River tributary, 16 km from Dilijan.
The monastery was erected in place of an older monastery, Nor Ghetik, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. Mkhitar Gosh, a wise diplomat and fabulist, and author of the first criminal code, took part in building the monastery. In 1213, after his death, the monastery was called Goshavank in his honor.
The monastery was built under the auspices of the brothers Ivan and Zakar Zakaryans, with the support of local lords and soon became an important cultural and educational center. Its fame spread throughout Armenia, including Cilicia. It taught law, theology, history, astrology, Greek and Latin. Goshavank was abandoned in the 19th century and restored in the Soviet era.
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