Spitakavor St. Astvatsatsin Monastery

The church is constructed of felsite stone, a fine-grained volcanic rock that often has a white to light gray color. Spitakavor translates to “white” in Armenian. The domed hall-type church, with a cruciform interior and square exterior, contains exemplary models of relief sculptures.  At the monastery have been written numerous illuminated manuscripts. One of the most surprising finds includes a medieval inscription that mentions an Armenian purchasing a plot of land from a Jewish resident. Medieval Jews in this region of the world were prohibited from owning property.

v. Shatin,  Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia