Welcome to Marmashen


The biggest church, Surp Stepanos, was built between 988 and 1029, with a 13th-century gavit. An Italian team led restoration work in the 1960s, so intricately carved old church stones have been incorporated into newer building blocks. Beautiful carved tombs and khatchkars dot the land around the churches, and it’s a peaceful, rural environment typical of Shirak, with grassy horizons. The caretaker is here during daylight hours, and he can recite some of the inscriptions on the sides of the churches by heart.

A return taxi from Gyumri is about AMD3000. Make sure the driver understands that you want to see the monastery and not the nearby village of the same name. There are hourly buses from Gyumri’s avtokayan to Varambert (AMD150) between 9am and 7pm (look for the bus to Kaps).


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$27.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Gyumri city (Dzitoghtsyan museum), Marmashen, traditional lunch

This tour will take you to the city of Gyumri – once the artistic capital, and possibly the most beautiful city of Armenia. The next spot included in this day trip is the 10th century monastic complex of Marmashen, located on the bank of Akhuryan River. Here, you can explore the cradle of the world famous gothic architecture, which was proven to have been spread all over the world thanks to this Monastery. The History museum of Shirak region exhibits elements of the daily urban life of Gyumri of 19 th century. It was founded in 1984 in the Dzitoghtsyan family house.As part of the tour, guests will taste the most famous dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine. The dishes are unique with their taste and appetizing aroma, characteristic only for Armenian cuisine.

$94.22 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Gyumri, Marmashen, Dzitoghtsyan Museum

This tour will take you to the city of Gyumri – once the artistic capital, and possibly the most beautiful city of Armenia. You will get the chance to explore the city center with its two famous churches, as well as the Black Fortress; built during the Russian –Turkish war, the fortress still serves as a military base.The next spot included in this day trip is the 10th century monastic complex of Marmashen, located on the bank of Akhuryan River. Here, you can explore the cradle of the world famous gothic architecture, which was proven to have been spread all over the world thanks to this Monastery. The History museum of Shirak region exhibits elements of the daily urban life of Gyumri of 19 th century. It was founded in 1984 in the Dzitoghtsyan family house.

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