Lake Sevan, Dilijan (overnight), Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala
Sevan (Sevanavank), Dilijan (Haghartsin, Goshavank) (overnight)
Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala
Day 1: The first destination of this trip will be “The Jewel of Armenia” or the “Geghama Sea” - Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world. In the northwest part of Sevan Lake, on a narrow rocky peninsula, there stands one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank Monastery. It was founded in 874 AD by princess Mariam. From here we will leave for Dilijan. In 13 km northeast of Dilijan in a cozy place one can find Monastery complex Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles’). It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries and has three churches. There are stunning khachkars, a sundial on the wall of St Gregory, a ruined gavit and a refectory with stunning arched ceiling.
After visiting Haghartsin monastery we will continue the trip to Goshavank monastery which was one of the most famous religious and scholarly centers in medieval Armenia in the 12th-13th centuries, led by one of Armenia's most accomplished scholars, legal experts and scientists, Mkhitar Gosh (Mkhitar from Gosh, 1130–1213). The monastery was renamed Goshavank upon his death. The monastery was built between 1188 and the late 13th century. The overnight will be in one of the hotels in Dilijan.
Day 2: After the breakfast we will leave for Lori region to visit Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala monasteries. The monastery of Haghpat, founded by Queen Khosrovanush (wife of the Armenian King Ashot III) in AD 976, consists of one narthex, two corridor-sepulchers, a refectory, a scriptorium, the Chapel of Hamazasp, a belfry, several chapel-tombs and cross-stones (khachkars)․ Sanahin used to be the administrative centre and family burial place of the Kyurikyan Bagratids (10th and 11th centuries), as well as the Episcopal residence for the diocese (until the 11th century). The Sanahin monastery contains St Astvatsatsin, St Amenaprkich and St Grigor Churches, narthex, scriptorium, belfry and academy.
Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries are placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The last destination will be Akhtala, a 10th-century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery, with breathtaking frescoes. The fortress played a major role in protecting the north-western regions of Armenia (Gugark) and is among the most well preserved of all in modern Armenia.
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