Haghpat & Vanadzor
Haghpat Monastery, also known as Haghpatavank, is a medieval monastery complex in Haghpat, Armenia. Probably the one of the most mysterious, ancient and interesting religious sites in whole country. Situated on a mountain with spectacular scenery view of the surrounding area. The monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III, probably in 976.
This extraordinary Byzantine monastery in the Tumanian region was important center of learning. Haghpat monastic complex represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region.
Vanadzor, formerly (until 1935) Karaklis or (1935-93) Kirovakan, city in northern Armenia. Nowadays it is an urban municipal community and the third-largest city in Armenia serving as the capital of Lori Province. It is located about 128 kilometres north of the capital – Yerevan.
If you are will go to Haghpat Monastery from capital Yerevan, most likely your route will pass through this lovely city. We suggest stopping and giving it a look at least for a lunch break!
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