Sanahin Monastery is one of the most impressive and interesting monasteries in Armenia. The monastery was founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia. It used to be a scientific, spiritual, educational and cultural center.
The name Sanahin means “It’s older than the other one”. It is believed that the monastery is being compared to the neighboring Haghpat Monastery, and the name indicates that Sanahin is older than Haghpat.
The monastery represents an entire complex, which comprises the Church of Saint Astvatsatsin, the Church of All-Savior, the Church of Saint Hakob, the Chapel of Grigor, the gavits of Saint Astvatsatsin and All-Savior Churches, the scriptorium, the academy, the belfry, several sepulchers, the spring and the refectory.
You can also see several khatckars (cross-stones) in the territory of Sanahin Monastery, which are real masterpieces of khatchkar art.
Sanahin monastery is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Due to its unique architecture and design it is considered one of the treasures of Armenia. If you want to get acquainted with Armenian architecture and enlarge your perception of its uncommon characteristics, you should definitely visit this inspiring piece of architecture.