Natural sciences, mathematics, theology, geometry, astronomy, chronology, thumbnails and other crafts had been taught there. Built in black basalt, it was built on the site of an ancient pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Anahit. While wandering throught the plains of Arpa in the south of Armenia, in the province of Syunik, you will discover this unique place, with its colors blending with those of the surrounding landscape. You may observe the reliefs of the main Saint Stepanos Church (XIII century), depicting animal decorations. While observing its southern facade, upon which a sundial has been placed, you may see hunting scenes carved on the tympanum of the Saint Symbol (Surb Nshan). In 1970 excavations in the southwestern side of the monastery have unveiled several civilian buildings and tombstones dating to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.