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Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

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An interesting tour from Tbilisi

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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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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Moscow, Russia
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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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Lima
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We visited on a particularly smoky day (they all burn the fallen leaves) so the view wasn't as good as it could be, but even then it was pretty spectacular especially from Haghpat Monastery. As it is the low season we were practically the only ones there and were free to wander around at our leisure. We had a tour... More 

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

These two magnificent monastic complexes are among the most outstanding examples of Armenian religious architecture, and are important not only for the original architecture of the buildings, but because of the tremendous influence they exerted on the overall development of medieval art and architecture.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

About a two hour taxi ride through beautiful terrain, which we did in Late March through snow covered areas. The monasteries were amazing, considering the time period. The rulers have provided adequate facility for devotees to pray. The cross carved with Jesus and decouples, with God is unique and descriptive. Another important feature was the scroll library and dinning area... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

easily done on a one day trip from yerevan. start early, take a minivan marshtrutka to vanadzor, it takes two hours / from vanadzor hire a taxi for about 9000 dram or 20 us dollars and do the drive first to akhtala monastery, which is the furthest away about 60 km. akhtala is not very visited but has beautiful frescoes... More 

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Address: Armenia
Location: Asia  >  Armenia

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