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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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Slightly off the beaten track, Sanahin (in particular) and Haghpat are very impressive. If you catch the rays of light penetrating the churches at the right angle, the experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 13, 2016
Alexander P
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Slightly off the beaten track, Sanahin (in particular) and Haghpat are very impressive. If you catch the rays of light penetrating the churches at the right angle, the experience is magical.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The Monastery of Haghpat is a well maintained large structure with a number of separate buildings. A separate bell tower. Stopped on the way down from Tbilisi, it is on the Northern part of Armenia. The view of the surrounding valley was beautiful with the fall colors. A must see!

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South Pacific
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

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 September 27, 2016 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 September 26, 2016

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 September 25, 2016

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 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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 September 22, 2016

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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