Vorotnavank is a monastic complex located along a ridge overlooking the Vorotan gorge . The complex is surrounded by a high stone wall for defence against foreign invasions and once housed workshops, stores, a seminary, resort, cemetery and an alms-house. A pillar stood in the yard of the monastery symbolizing that there were monks entering into religious service and kings inaugurated at this location.Vorotnavank was destroyed multiple times by foreign invasions as well as an earthquake in 1931 during which S.Karapet"s dome collapsed.
The Tatev monastery is a 9th-century Armenian apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik province. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan river. Tatev is known as the bishopric sat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.
Vahanavank is a 10th-11th century Armenian monastic complex located approximately 5 kilometers west of the town of Kapan. The monastery was built over a bronze age grave field by prince Vahan Nakhashinogh . The Armenian historian Stepanos Orbelian wrote that the prince had taken on monk"s robe and lifestyle of demonic possession. Vahanavank became the religious center for the kings of Syunik in the 11th century. In 1978 restoration efforts began at the monastery and in 1990 they ended before their completion.