Monastery of Sanahin
Monastery of Sanahin
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore1,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Different type of architecture you get to see compared to neighboring Georgia . You are able to access these monasteries free of charge and enjoy the decayed beauty of the church and the awesomeness of the scenery it is set on . If you have time to visit N Armenia, do it as a day trip to visit these sites .
Written 7 May 2024
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mrc282
World8,663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
the amazing thing about the Lori Province of Armenia is many of the monasteries are located on top of a hill or plateau. so the journey there itself is a worthwhile experience.

sanahin monastery is no exception.
Written 18 March 2024
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Kritsana P
Rayong, Thailand1,899 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Located in Sanahin village close to Alaverdi in the north of Armenia, you will find Sanahin Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Monastery that allows you to escape to an ancient world.

Sanahin is not a simple, stand-alone church, but it is rather a compilation of five churches that during its prime in the 12th to 13th centuries, was a school of calligraphers, philosophers, illuminators, and scientists. It was also an active book depository amongst other things.

Worth to visit, however the road condition is not so good.
Written 10 July 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A large site with churches and ruins. This was the first monastery we visited in Armenia. The contrast to the ones we saw in Georgia is so great. This is not decorated in the same way but it has a basic elegance from the raw stone that it's made from. Also - the idea of a porch the same size as the church itself is new to us.
Written 10 October 2022
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karatelpek
Tbilisi, Georgia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
One of the most atmospheric places in Northern Armenia. It was an odd feeling walking over the tombs of monks as you enter the churches. Amazing carvings and khachkars.
Written 4 June 2022
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genibre69
London, UK5,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Another beautiful monastery site, and we we were lucky to see a priest performing a liturgy solo when there. Not crowded at all, and great explanations from our Hyur Service guide Samuel. I have to say though in competition with Haghpat, it is more impressive IMO then Sanahin.
Written 3 June 2022
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Stella
Stockholm, Sweden2,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Came as part of a day tour and this was the third place we visisted and definitely my favourite one. The inside was spectacular and there were beautiful buoldings all around it, with some of the most stunning views as well. It was very quiet, so very enjoyable.
Written 11 December 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was the 3rd of three Monasteries we visited while in Armenia, and definitely our favorite! The outside looks like some old ruins castle, and the fact that it was build in 966, is just a testament to its durability!

The inside has multiple different places of worship, and the most incredible ritual, is the fact that you have to walk over the tombs in order to get to the alter. This is what they call; Stumping their sins! It is actually respectful to walk on the Graves, which is so unusual and unique!

We absolutely felt something we've never felt before, as this was such a unique out of body type of experience. You could definitely feel a strong spiritual vibe while walking inside this breathtaking Monastery. An absolute must do if ever in the area!
Written 27 July 2021
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ponch510
Montgomery, AL36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
I was disappointed but not surprised. Although a UNESCO site, the church has not been upkept. There is a restoration project underway but it will take some time to see that result. A hiking trail State in this area that leads to Haghpat monastery.
Written 13 September 2020
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Worldwide Travel
Bangkok, Thailand5,885 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
For people going on a tour to visit several monasteries in the region then you can see them all so comparisons are perhaps not as important, but personally I much preferred Haghpat than Sanahin. The former is still an active church so there is a different vibe to it, but Sanahin is inactive and the place is falling apart. Despite being a UNESCO site I did not think it was so fantastic, and the grounds around the monastery are also not as beautiful as Haghpat. I liked the nice cemetary behind Sanahin but the rest was average. There were also sellers of souvenirs close by with "tourist prices" - you should buy at the grocery stores near the Georgia border instead.
Written 19 February 2020
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