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Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

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Address: Armenia
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day Trip: Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries from Yerevan
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These two monasteries are by far the best I visited in Armenia. They have a raw, natural feeling to them, and you can feel the age. Definately with the trip up north!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These two monasteries are by far the best I visited in Armenia. They have a raw, natural feeling to them, and you can feel the age. Definately with the trip up north!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both monasteries are on the unesco list and both are a must see as they are different and unique in their own ways. The surrounding view of Haghpat monestary is beautiful too. Plus the 2 monasteries are not far apart. Perhaps within 30 mins' drive from each other.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the two monasteries on our way from Tbilisi to Yerevan. They are both situatet in very beautiful surroundings, and Haghpat really is a gem with. Most of the constructions are from the 12th century. An architectural splendour and some nice frescos! You should also see the belltower uphill from the church. A sunday visite during mass time is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Besides the monastery you can enjoy the beauty of the soundings. The floor is full of funerary slabs and according to our guide, in the old times it was a good thing to step over them. Besides churches, these were also schools. Interesting to me, was the modern plaque in the back of 4 young people that apparently died on... More 

Thank Starviagera
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both Sanahin and Haghpat are incredibly well-conserved examples of Armenian Christian architecture. The black stone used for their construction, and their remote, mountainous location might make you think they're alien constructions. They' re far away from Yerevan unfortunately, but it's a beautiful road to go up there. It's much closer to Tbilisi, so it's an interesting day trip plan.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastry at Haghpat is astonishing in it's size, scale and design being the largest of all monasteries in Armenia. It also has a wonderful dome and some frescos, albeit faint to see. They are also set in an excellent location on hilt tops. Well worth seeing.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Visited these two monasteries on the drive from Tbilisi to Yerevan. Impressive and well maintained from as early as the 10th century. There was a small service with women singing hymns, which was amazing and the acoustics are fantastic. Absolutely stunning sites.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

If in the South Tatev then In the north Haghpat. One of the Armenian treasure. When you are in Haghpat don't forget to pray for your salvation.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Very good churches to visit on the way to sevan lake and dilidjan! All armenian churches look alike , they have a typical dome...and they are full of history..

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Haghpat Monastery, is a medieval monastery complex in Haghpat, Armenia. The monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III, probably in 976. The nearby monastery at Sanahin was built around the same time. The location of Haghpat Monastery was chosen so that it overlooks the Debed River in northern Armenia's Lori region. It was built,... More 

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