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Peace And Harmony Of Stones Tour

Peace And Harmony Of Stones Tour Packages
Country: Armenia
City: Lori Region
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Peace and Harmony of Stones

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2/3: Haghpat / Sanahin

Haghpat - Situated not far from Sanahin the monastery of Haghpat has its significant place in the historical and cultural life of Armenia. It was built during the reign of king Ashot Bagratuni. Numerous valuable manuscripts and miniature paintings have been produced in the scriptorium of Haghpat for many centuries. In the 18th century, the famous Armenian bard Sayat-Nova used to live and create in this monastery. The belfry with its unique architectural composition is of stunning interest.

Sanahin - The monastery of Sanahin is on the right bank of the Debed River. This architectural complex consists of several churches, a seminary, book depository. The building of the seminary, which connects St. Astvatsastin (Holy Mother of God) and Allsaviour churches was from the outset built to make the edifices more earthquake resistant.

Day 4: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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Know More About Haghpat Monastery:

One of the most ancient sights of Lori, Haghpat Monastery was built in the 10th through 13th centuries. Haghpat Monastery was once one of the largest centres of science, with a rich collection of manuscripts. It had premises for copying library manuscripts, plus cafeterias and universities. Of all the structures only the main church of St. Nishan (967-991) with sculptural images on the outside and frescos (13th-14th centuries) inside, St. Gregory Church (1005), the small dome church of St. Astvatsatsin (12th-13th centuries), the 13th-century cafeteria, the 13th-century book depository, the belfry (1245), and khachkars have survived.

All structures were made from stones in accordance with the strict rules of temple architecture. Small niches were made so that the stones fit together like puzzle pieces, which helped keep the churches standing during an earthquake (though earthquakes have still caused major damage). Small architectural details, like triangles around the cupolas in the center of buildings and some remaining faint frescoes, are the main decoration.

Overall, the spare beauty was meant to keep the monks from getting distracted and to keep the focus on God. Even the location of the monastery, only halfway up the hill rather than at the top, was a gesture of humility.

Haghpat Monastery was a large scientific center, with a rich collection of manuscripts, plus places for copying and studying. Monks could study medicine, astronomy, music, literature, and more at Haghpat. Haghpat is now under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site.

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