Armenia’s Haghpat Monastery Sits Against Rolling Hills

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Haghpat Monastery sits in glorious Armenian countryside in northern Armenia. Armenia has numerous monasteries so there are a ton to choose from but this one is special for many reasons, including its glorious views.

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Inside the monastery.

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Haghpat Monastery Built dates back to approximately the year 976, however over the next 2 centuries other buildings were added to it to expand the area. The main building is known as the Surp Nishan, which is the oldest part of the structure. It’s a World Heritage Site but there is no entrance fee. Donations are welcomed and inside the main church is a small stall selling souvenirs.

 

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I loved the views from Haghpat. Remember to admire the scenery as well as the Monastery. Remember, there was a reason they chose to build it here! Below, Surp Nishan — the main church building in the middle. 

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The main part of Haghpat seems to be Surp Nishan.

Surp Astvatsatsin. A smaller chapel inside Haghpat.

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Unusual holes in the floor inside.

There is also the option to stay near Haghpat Monastery, a local family could arrange a homestay for sure, or there’s the Gayane B and B further down the hill. Most people do a day trip, but you can also take in Sanahin in the same region. If you’re in the Debed Canyon or northern Armenia, check Haghpat out!!