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Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

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Day Trip to the Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries from Yerevan
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Twin monasteries with great architecture

We came from Georgia and entered Armenia at the Sadakhlo checkpoint. These medieval monasteries are in the northern region of Armenia and well worth a stopover on the way to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
James L
Hong Kong, China

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came from Georgia and entered Armenia at the Sadakhlo checkpoint. These medieval monasteries are in the northern region of Armenia and well worth a stopover on the way to Yerevan. Both are on the World Heritage list. Sanahin is older than Haghpat but the Church of the Holy Cross at Hagphat is already dating back to AD966! They are... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 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 25 October 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 1 October 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 28 September 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.

Thank JustLoveToFly
Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 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 24 September 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 22 September 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.

Thank Nigel H
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 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.

Thank CK_Aussie_girl

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