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Haghpat is a lovely village situated in the province of Lori near Alaverdi Town. The village is proud with its magnificent monastic complex of Haghpat built in the 10th century by the Queen Khosrovanush during the reign of the king Ashot Bagratuni III.

The monastery of Haghpat has found its place in the charming setting of the wonderful nature. It is the jewel of the Lori region, and Armenia in general.

 

This masterpiece of the Middle Age Armenian religious architecture is built halfway up a hillside so that it can overlook the Debed River. The location is specially chosen for this purpose. The placement of the monastery protected it from various attacks and concealed from interfering and curious eyes. Despite this the monastery has been attacked and damaged many times.

The territory of Haghpat boasts with many brilliant khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to the 11-13th centuries. The best known among them is the Amenaprkich khachkar, translated as All Savior. It has been standing here since 1273.

Another object for pride is the clock-tower erected in 1210 as well as the two storied bell-tower constructed in 1245. Both are significant pieces of Armenian architecture. The first floor has a shape of a cross, while the second one is octagonal and decorated by a cupola, held by a series of perfectly elegant columns.

The oldest structure of the monastery is Holy Cross built in 977-991. The building is massive, yet elegant. Holy water fills the small pool of the church. People say the water is curative. It was here in this holy site that the great Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat-Nova had lived and created his wonderful songs and poems.

The monastery once housed libraries, scriptoriums, schools and refectories. Among the numerous magnificent manuscripts copied here, Haghpat Gospel is the most significant one. It was written in 1211.
It is noteworthy that the monastic complex of Haghpat, together with Sanahin is inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.