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Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

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Ranked #21 of 82 Attractions in Armenia
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, across the Debed Canyon from each other, are combined into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The complexes are both... more »
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166 reviews 166 reviews
36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Moscow, Russia
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33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

- the roads to northern armenia from yerevan are terrible so hire an SUV and not a sedan (as we did) - the road from alaverdi to sanahin is very picturesque, stop for a photo

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Moscow, Russia
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Far 2 hour ride but magical. Do not hesitate to hire a cab from Yerevan (with a good car because of the mountains)

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Both of the Monasterys are very close to the Gorgian border and far from Yerevan. I do not recomend them as a day tour from Yerevan as you will spend most of time in the car or bus. I stoped on the way to Gorgia (for overnight in Vanadzor) to have a look at those two monasterys that are not... More

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Turin, Italy
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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia. Haghpat Monastery is amedieval Armenian monastery complex in Haghpat. Described as a "masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages", this venerable institution of the Armenian Apostolic Church was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

The architectural complexes of Sanahin and Haghpat are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture. They were built in the 10th century by the order of Queen Khosrovanush. Both Haghpat and Sanahin have very interesting history and architecture.Both Haghpat and Sanahin have book depositories, which are unique buildings illustrating the high level of development of civil architecture in the... More

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