The site was home to some conservation in the soviet era.
I am glad to have seen this site before it becomse completely wrecked by renovations.
The original roofing tiles looked nothing like this.
they have been replaced:
http://www.armenianow.com/society/featu ... nges_thyme
The Soviet-era conservation was proper conservation compared to what happens everywhere in Armenia now. And it was carefully recorded: in 1974 they produced a folio-size portfolio of measured drawings illustrating every structure in Goshavank. (But like most Soviet books, it was not very well printed).
Nowadays, the oppressive and avaricious Armenian Church can, under Armenian law, do whatever it wants to Armenia's monuments, and can do it whenever it wants, without permission, without consultation with experts, and without any obligation to use proper conservation techniques or methodologies. And there are many criminal oligarchs in Armenia and amongst the Armenian diaspora ready to provide the Church with funding for its destructive activities in return for it remaining silent about their ill-gotten wealth and obstructing democratic reform in Armenia.