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To visit Dadivank monastery - means to discover the heart of the Caucasus

"To visit Dadivank monastery - means to discover the heart of the Caucasus," - writes the journalist Simone Dzopellaro, in the article published in "Treccani", inspired by his trip to Nagorno-Karabakh.

The article tells about the next:

"On the road that leads from Stepanakert to the temple, lies an abandoned tank. Here, for a moment seems that the war itself  becomes silent.

Dadivank captivates by its immersion in the complete silence of untouched nature. The history of the monastery dates back to the first centuries of Christianity. Now it is located in Nagorno-Karabakh. The war remains frozen in this part as if by some curse that lasts more than a quarter century.

One can reach this place  in a few hours by winding road. I saw  a dozen visitors during two-hour which I spent here. And suddenly I see among them the Armenian Bishop from Isfahan, where I lived for a year and taught at the University. It was like yesterday, when he - the honourable, strict and with the sonorous baritone, came up and rebuked me for  that I'm sitting in the church crossing my legs.

Dadivank named after Dadi, a disciple of the Apostle Thaddeus, who at the dawn of Christianity brought the faith here, and was martyred here. The monastery is situated on his remains. But the monastery got its present form  in the XIII century and united the best of medieval Armenian architecture: large structure, restraint of lines - where presents the play of light and shadow, fine khachkars, frescoes with the large expressive power. And, of course, the unity of the architecture and the surrounding landscape.

To visit Dadivank monastery - means to discover the heart of the Caucasus. The focus directed at the cultural and religious traditions which were kept for centuries, as well the focus directed at the endless wars and wounds. Peace is still absent here. "

15:58 December 02, 2016