Armenia — North of Yerevan (Selim and Sevan)

Traveling 2-3 hours North of Yerevan on the Selim Pass, one comes across the Selim Caravanserai, a 14th century travelers’ inn along the Silk Road. Further on one finds some nice views of the pass and its Alpine meadows. Rounding out the monasteries for the day is Sevan Monastery, high on a plateau overlooking Lake Sevan. Originally constructed in the 9th century, in the 19th century the monastery was a place to reform wayward monks, enforcing a strict regime with no women allowed.

Photos taken May 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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