Dadivank - | Silk Road Armenia



Dadivank, also known as Khutavank or the Monastery on the Hill, stands as a magnificent marvel of Armenian medieval architecture and holds the distinction of being the largest monastic complex in Nagorno-Karabakh. This architectural gem graces the northwestern part of Martakert Province in the Artsakh Republic, within the historical province of Upper Khachen.

Legend has it that the monastery’s origins date back to the end of the 1st century, named in honor of St. Dadi, a revered figure who preached Christianity in the eastern region of Armenia. Medieval chronicles first mentioned the monastery in the 9th century. In recent times, archaeological excavations uncovered the remains of St. Dadi, blessed by His Grace Archbishop Barkev Martirossian, the primate of the Diocese of Artsakh.

After decades of enduring history, Dadivank Monastery regained its consecration in 1994, proudly standing as one of the functioning monasteries within the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In August 2004, an extensive architectural restoration transformed the memorial complex of Dadivank Monastery. Thanks to the generosity of Armenian-American businesswoman Edele Hovnanian, significant restoration works were carried out, including the completion of the restoration of the main domed church, Katoghike. Additionally, the chapel, dating back to the 13th century, was restored under the diligent care of Edik Abrahamian from Tehran, Iran.

Dadivank Monastery, with its rich history and awe-inspiring architecture, offers visitors a glimpse into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region. Come and experience the grandeur of this ancient treasure on our guided tours, as we take you on a journey through the past, exploring the wonders of Dadivank.