Goshavank monastery stands in the mountain village of Gosh, founded in 1188 by the saintly Armenian cleric Mkhitar Gosh, who was buried in a little chapel overlooking the main complex. Goshavank features a main church (Surp Astvatsatsin) and smaller churches to St Gregory of Narek and St Gregory the Illuminator. The tower on the matenadaran (library) was once taller than the main church. With a school attached, the library is said to have held 15,000 books before it was burned by Timur’s army in the 13th century.
Goshavank is considered one of the principal cultural centres of Armenia in its time; historians believe it was abandoned at the end of the 14th century. Goshavank then appears to have been reoccupied in the 17th to 19th centuries and restored from 1957 to 1963. The museum director Artur Osepian is usually available to answer questions and may show you a small museum behind the monastery.