The three monastic complexes of Haghpat, Sanahin and Akhtala are situated in the Lori Marz (region) of Armenia, dating back to the 10th to 13th centuries.
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 (Holy Mother of God), St Amenaprkich (Redeemer) 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.
Duration: 11-12 hrs
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