Sanahin Monastery

Location: Lori provicne, Alaverdi town

Distance from Yerevan: 70 km/2.5-3 hours

Sanahin (UNESCO's World Heritage Site) is supposed to be founded in the 4th century, though the exact date for the founding is unknown.

The Complex:

  • St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, built in 928 - 944 by the Bagratunis. The St. Astvastatsin gavit was constructed in 1211 by the order of Prince Vacheh Vachutian;
  • St. Amenaprkitch (Holy Redeemer or All Savior) Katoghike Church, built by the order of Queen Khosrovanush, wife to King Ashot III (the Merciful) Bagratuni; the construction was completed in 966. St. Amenaprkitch or the inner gavit (1181) was built by the architect Zhamhair;
  • The Seminary or “Magistros academy” (10 -11th cc);
  • Bell Tower (13th c.);
  • The book depository and gallery (the buildings present the high level of civil architecture at the time).
  • Grigor Chapel (10th c.);
  • St. Hakop Church (10th c.),  
  • St. Harutiun Church (13th c.)
  • Zakarian Sepulcher, Patrimonial Sepulchres of Sanahin, built for members of the ruling families.
  • Khachkar Masterpieces at Sanahin include the Grigor Tudevordi khachkar and the Sarkis khachkar.

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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