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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

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Holy Mount Ararat

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Guaranteed Departures

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Armenia – Top Destination of the year

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ARMENIA UNESCO

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Following the Great Silk Road

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

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Pearls of Caucasus

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Sanahin is a medieval monastic complex, a precious gem of Armenian architecture. It is situated in the Debed Canyon of the Lori region, in the village of Sanahin. According to documents and evidence of material culture this structure belongs to the 10th century. The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery.

The monastic complex embraces St. Hakob church (9th century), St. Astvatsatsin church (928-944), as well as St. Amenaprkich church (966) around the main temple. Originally the interiors of St. Astvatsatsin and St. Amenaprkich were decorated with frescoes. But now you can hardly discern any.

 

The vestibules and galleries served as tombs for noble families. Sanahin has several such constructions, but none of them has similar architectural solutions.

During the period from the 10-13th centuries, the monastery was an important and reputable center of learning, where humanitarian sciences and medicine were taught. Scientific treatises were written, paintings and miniatures were created here. The book depository in Sanahin dates back to 1063. It is a unique architectural construction evidencing the high level of architectural skills of the local masters during the period of 11-13th centuries. The depository was designed in the shape of a square and had a niche for preserving the manuscripts. The roof of the depository was of a special and distinctive appearance. And in general its influence can be seen in many architectural constructions in Armenia.

The complex of Sanahin is rich in Armenian traditional carved stones called khachkars, which were put not only as memorials, but also as a mark of various events such as the construction of an inn in 1205 and construction of a bridge in 1192. This bridge stands out amongst all other bridges discovered within the territory of the complex with its high artistic virtue, integrity and perfect harmony. The bridge is an outstanding one in the whole Transcaucasia.

The complex of Sanahin is an important site not only for Armenians but also for the whole world as it belongs to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.