Haghbat and Sanahin Monasteries
The Haghbat Monastery complex was founded in the 10th century, like its nearby companion, Sanahin Monastery. These fortified monasteries, added to over two hundred years, were literary, artistic and educational centers as well as monastic compounds. Comprised of atmospheric stone churches, bell towers, mausoleums and numerous khachkar (carved stone crosses), Haghbat and Sanahin are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are outstanding examples of the blending of Byzantine church architecture with the local Caucasian architecture of the period.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013