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Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin

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very nice visit

I loved these old monasteries. Amazing that they are about a 1000 years old. You can see why they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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World Heritage Site worth visiting!

These monasteries which are classified as a World Heritage Site were built in the 10th-13th... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved these old monasteries. Amazing that they are about a 1000 years old. You can see why they are classified with UNESCO as world heritage sites. Also such an amazing view of the countryside from here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These monasteries which are classified as a World Heritage Site were built in the 10th-13th centuries. They are a testament to Armenia's rich and ancient spiritual history and are well worth a visit.

Thank bobca1947
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries were built in the 10 century and are part of an unesco world heritage site. Certainly they belong to the most elaborated Armenian monasteries. I personally liked Haghpat a bit more for its atmosphere. Go there at sun set, nobody there...More

Thank Geghard
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Ideal visiting time is before lunch time or at late afternoon. Before visiting is more than better read something about these places in one of many tourist guide book. Free parking place is avalaible close to both monastery.

Thank Martin J
Reviewed 12 September 2017

As in other old Armenian monasteries in Haghpat you can feel the spirit of old times. The monastery is monumental, there are no colored frescos [destroyed in the past], but it has magnificent vaults, columns and intricately carved crosses and other ornaments.

Thank marekp59
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A range of architectual styles these monestries were built by a famous architect also responsible for the restoration of the Agia Sophia in Constantinople Vaulting ceilings and intricate frescos make these two sights particularly rare.

Thank Lucinda P
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Please come to Aghpat to observe a rare phenomenon in Armenia: frescoes inside a church. They are a bit faded but impressive. And please buy a piece of knitting wear from the old grandmothers who are located next to the entrance gate. Their handmade socks...More

Thank rgrol
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Haghpat is at a remote and beautiful site on Caucasus mountain.The 10th century monastery is a terrific example of Armenian church. A worhseeing UNESCO protected monument.Sanahin complex is bigger with solid architectural value. The travel to the Monasteries is a small Caucasus safari but certainly...More

Thank Pantelis_Rhodes
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

The now defunct Sanahin was our first stop which ended up being a great introduction to the dozen more Armenian monasteries/churches we would visit. We would soon become familiar with the floors covered with ancient graves, cross stone decorations, and the high altar. Sanahin did...More

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Haghpat Monastery was built second half of the 10th century halfway a hillside. There are several structures on the site, the largest being the Cathedral (largest church), Several very well preserved kashkar's from the 11th and 13th century are here to be admired. Beware, a...More

Thank cw f
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Response from JohnGuidon | Reviewed this property |
Hello, myself and two friends did that trip from Tbilisi. Our trip picked us up from our Airbnb in Tbilisi and we drove to Haghpat and one other monastery and then on to Sevan Lake. We used Tkemali Tour and their trip called... More