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This pearl of a monastery, perched on the lip of the Debed Canyon, has Unesco World Heritage status. This place has atmosphere and architectural splendour in abundance and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This pearl of a monastery, perched on the lip of the Debed Canyon, has Unesco World Heritage status. This place has atmosphere and architectural splendour in abundance and the views around the canyon alone are worth the trip. Haghpat was a very famous spiritual and cultural center from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Its windows have been built in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Both of these Monasteries are outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and are part of UNESCO.The architectural details and decoration of the monuments belong to the same epoch. In addition, they are exactly alike in some cases. This makes the "experts" presume that they were created by craftsmen of the same school.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Haghpat Monastery, also known as Haghpatavank, is a medieval Armenian monastery complex in Haghpat, Armenia. The monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III, probably in 976. Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia. The Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin are Unesco world Heritage sites.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Very beloved place One of the ancient monastries in Armenia it was built by armenian Queen if i am not wrong in 10 th century It is near the border of Georgia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

As a daytrip from Tbilisi these are interesting to see. It would seem too far from Yerevan to do as a daytrip. I particularly liked the beautiful bell tower of Haghpat and the pleasant valley and moutain views from that side of the complex. There is also a rare Armenian cross in one back passageway, exceptional because it was carved... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Just in this spot you'll find centuries of Armenian and Georgian history, with a good guide. It's very much off the beaten track, like so many gems in and around Yerevan and Armenia.

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited Sanahin in March 2015 in the off-season and it was marvelous. It was quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. The site is well-signed with information panels provided by UNESCO. There was a woman working (volunteering?) as a groundskeeper of sorts. A few of the monastery's rooms were closed when we arrived, but when she saw us coming she gladly opened... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Without the inscription in the World Heritage list I wouldn't have known about these two monasteries, but looking back I'm very glad I've come to see them. They have a distinctive atmosphere, a bit eery, caused by the lights coming from the holes in the ceiling domes and huge blocks of stone, some of them tombstones, as a floor. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

These two UNESCO world cites monasteries, specially Sanahin are an oasis of peace and beauty. They represent one of the first Christian centers of culture in the world, do not miss them! The yellow colorful autumn trees made a spectacular background!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

These two magnificent complexes exemplify outstanding Armenian architecture. From the chapels to the galleries, you will find some of the best khachkars and pillared architecture here. Haghpat is especially impressive with its vast grounds and well kept structures. The main structure has birds protecting their young, chirping love songs throughout the day. It's a sight to see. The views, as... More 

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