Haghpat Monastery Complex

Foundation: 10th century

Location: Haghpat town, Lori Province

Distance from Yerevan:  190km / 3 hours

Haghpat Monastery complex is located in Lori province and overlooks Debed River canyon. The oldest building of the Complex, St. N'shan church was founded in 976 during the reign of King Ashot the Merciful by Queen Khosrovanuish. Haghpat Monastery was a large center of science & education of medieval Armenia. In the 18th century, the famous Armenian poet, musician and troubadour Sayat Nova used to live in the Complex.

The monastery is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

The complex:

  • St. Grigor Church
  • St. N'shan church, Gavit
  • St. Astvatsatsin or “Khatunashen” church
  • Hamazasp Gavit
  • Ukanants Family Sepulcher
  • Gallery & Academy, Book Depository
  • Belfry
  • Sayat Nova Memorial
  • Medieval Walls
  • Dining Hall, Service Building

Outside the Complex

  • Jgrashen or St. Astvatsatsin church (outside the monastery walls)
  • Spring House
  • Kusanats Anapat (St. Tiramair) Church in the village cemetery
  • Remains of 4th Century Church.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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