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Spitakavor Church, Ashtarak, Armenia

The church of Spitakavor (whitish) built in XIII -XIV centuries. Spitakavor is a single nave church, has square plan and vaulted ceiling. Now the church transferred to Armenian Apostolic Church possession and with support of the Church will be fully restored till September 2015.

According to an old legend, three sisters living in Ashtarak fell in love with young man Sargis. In favor of the youngest one the two elder sisters decided to commit suicide. One wearing an apricot dress and the other red dress, threw themselves into a gorge. Finding the sisters dead, the youngest sister put on a white dress and also threw herself into a gorge. After sisters' death broken hearted Sargis became a hermit... The three small churches - Karmravor (reddish), Tsiranavor (apricot hue) and Spitakavor (whitish) at the edge of the gorge, named after the sisters' dress colors.


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