Bagratashen, Haghpat-Sanahin, Lori Berd


Haghpat is a village in the Lori Province of Armenia, located near the city of Alaverdi and the state border with Georgia. It is notable for Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex founded in the 10th century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Listalong with monasteries in nearby Sanahin. The monastery is a magnificent example of medieval Armenian architecture that has been attracting increasing numbers of tourists. Haghpat Monastery is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage List. The village lies on a dissected plateau, a large flat area dissected by deep "cracks" formed by rivers, including the river Debed. The villages of Sanahin and Akner, as well as a part of Alaverdi, lie in plain view on neighbouring sections of the plateau, however a steep and long descent to and ascent from the river is required to travel to them.


Sanahin is a village in the northern province of Lori in Armenia, now considered part of the city of Alaverdi. The village is notable for its Sanahin Monastery complex, founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia. 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 two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debedriver. The complex belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church with numerous khachkars and bishop gravesites scattered throughout it.

Lori Berd

The fortress of Lori covers 35 hectares and is located on a peninsula along the deep gorge cut by the Dzoraget and Tashir rivers. Lori Berd is situated at an altitude of 1379 m above sea level. The deep gorges made it impossible to reach fortress on three sides. The tools, weapons, jewelry, various clay vessels, glassware, porcelain, ceramics, bone and stone items, coins found here prove that Lori has developed many branches of crafts. There are also items imported from other countries (in partiucular from Georgia, Middle Asia).

Monument of Armenian Alphabet

When Mashtots began working on an Armenian alphabet, it was under great pressure so that it could be used to create a bible for the newly Christian kingdom. Elegantly planned, Mashtots laid out the structure of the alphabet around the religion. To honor his work, Armenian architect J. Torosyan created the stone carvings of every letter near Mashtots’ final resting place in 2005. Set against the backdrop of Armenia’s Mt. Aragats. The letters and a statue of Mashtots pay tribute to the complex and language, a national point of pride of Armenia.

DestinationBagratashen, Haghpat-Sanahin, Lori Berd, Armenian alphabet Mounment, Yerevan
Duration12-13 hrs

* The unused portions of the itinerary are not refundable.

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