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2 Days Tour

2 Days Tour Packages
Country: Armenia
City: Lori Region
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Day 1: Yerevan – Dilijan – Goshavank – Akhtala – Haghpat

Drive to the spectacular forested region of Dilijan, where you can walk through a museum street, with the buildings preserved from 19 c. with the ceramics workshop and woodcarvers’ studio. Visiting of Gohsavank complex situated in the woodlands of Dilijan. It was founded in the 11-13th centuries. Continue the tour to the architectural complex Haghpat (976 AD) which is among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Haghpat.

Day 2: Haghpat – Sanahin – Spitak – Ria Taza – Yerevan

Drive to the monastery complex of Sanahin (966). Which is situated close to the Haghpat monastery. The architectural details and decoration of the monuments, which belong to the same epoch, have much in common and are even exactly alike in some cases, which gives us ground to presume that they were created by craftsmen of the same school. Visit the art school in the city of Spitak. Drive to the town Rya Taza ("new way" in Kurdish) Most residents are Yezidis. The town has a ruined church from the 10th to 13th century and a cemetery with animal-shaped tombstones. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

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Know More About Haghpat Monastery of Armenia:

Haghpat is a medieval monastery complex located in the village of Haghpat in Lori Region. It was built in the 10th century and during the 10th-13th centuries, Haghpat was an eminent spiritual and cultural centre of Armenia. The monastery was famous for its rich library and a school where pupils were taught philosophy, rhetoric, music, and manuscript illumination.

The Monastery of Haghpat is one of the largest and most impressive monasteries in Armenia. The main characteristics of Medieval Armenian architecture are reflected in the buildings of this magnificent monastery. The monastery includes the churches of Saint Nshan, Saint Grigor, and Saint Astvatsatsin, a churchyard, a repository, a bell tower, a refectory, many Khachkars (cross-stones), and other constructions.

The oldest church of Haghpat, Saint Nshan was built by Ashot 3rd Voghormats and his wife Khosrovanuysh in 976-991. St. Nshan is a cruciform-type church, encased in a rectangular building and crowned by a large dome. The prayer hall is covered with beautiful frescoes.

The Church of Saint Grigor was built in 1025. It is also a cruciform-type church inside of a rectangular building with rooms in four corners. The rooms are three-story, which is not typical of Armenian churches.

Described as a "masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages", Haghpat monastery, together with Sanahin Monastery, was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996.

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