Argatsotn Province

Karmravor (Armenian: Կարմրավոր եկեղեցի; meaning “reddish” because of the color of its dome), also known as the Church of Holy Mother of God (Սուրբ Աստվածածին, Surb Astvatsatsin) is a 7th-century Armenian Apostolic church in the town of Ashtarak in the Aragatsotn Province.

Surp Astvatsatsin is a small building with a cruciform central-plan and a dome with an octagonal drum and a Byzantine-style red tile roof. It measures only 19 feet 7 inches by 24 feet 6 inches, and is simply decorated with geometric and foliage patterns around the eaves and cornices. The apse is horseshoe shaped. Many of the original tiles on the roof which were laid on mortar have remained intact, and the church has had only some minor restoration during the 1950s.

According to Thierry, Surp Astvatsatsin marks a turning point in Armenian architecture, with its plan in the shape of a cross with a single dome setting a style that would be repeated over the centuries in spite of other influences. Other churches of a similar style attributed to the 6th or 7th century are St. Marine of ArtikLmbatavank, St. Astvatsatsin of Talin, and St. Astvatsatsin of Voskepar.

30min drive from Yerevan

It was an interesting drive into Ashtarak and it ewas a quiet little village with the usual above ground gaspipes along the side of the road

Inside the church complex looking towards the village
Karmravor Church was just gorgeous when I saw it! It was such a sweet little church sitting there on its own.
The door of the church was created and carved in 1983 by Sargis Poghosyan.

We could all barely fit inside the church all together – we met a really nice lady and man there who we spoke and we had a nice chat to them – they had such a calming and soothing energy and I think it had something to do with being out in the villages
The inside was just so cute, very minimal decorations and icons and it was so nice being inside, relaxing and cool escape from the sun on the outside
In the cemetery adjoining the church is the grave of the poet Gevorg Emin.
Soviet looking cars and trucks in the villages
Village life as a kid

This little village was very rural and simple, quiet and isolated, the church was sitting on a little mound overlooking farm land and the outskirts of the village

I would recommend to take a little side trip if passing by, its not too far from Yerevan so easy to get to