Gandzasar monastery, Nagorno-Karabakh

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Gandzasar monastery, Nagorno-Karabakh

Gandzasar monastery (Armenian: Գանձասարի վանք) is a 10th to 13th century Armenian monastery situated in the Mardakert district of de facto Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (de jure: Kalbajar Rayon). “Gandzasar” means treasure mountain or hilltop treasure in Armenian. The monastery holds relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and his father St Zechariah.