☘ Haghpat Monastry
☘ Sanahin Monastry
Lori, is a province of Armenia. It is located in the north of the country, bordering Georgia. Vanadzor is the capital and largest city of the province. Other important towns include Stepanavan, Alaverdi, and Spitak. Lori is also famous for its medieval monasteries such as Haghpat and Sanahin. The rivers Pambak, Dzoraget, Debet and Aghstev cross this beautiful region. The important towns of Lori are Alaverdi, Spitak, Stepanavan, and Tashir. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of Armenia.
The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin are the most popular churches in Armenia and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Haghpat Monastery complex was founded by Bagratunies, in the 10th century. It is located in Dilijan town, Tavush Region.
According to historian Kirakos Gandzaketsi, the monastery was built in the 10th -13th century. The monastery complex includes four churches Saint Grigor(1244), Saint Astvatsatsin (1281), Saint Katoghike(12th century) and Saint Stephanos(1232), two courtyards, refectory, prayer halls and khachkars(cross-stones).
Sanahin is a monastery complex located in Alaverdi town, Lori region. Sanahin monastery includes Saint Astvatsatsin and Saint Savior churches with their courtyards, also Saint Grigor and Saint Harutyun chapels, lyceum, writing house, bell-tower and ancestral mausoleums of Kyurikyan’s Zakarian’s. The first church of the complex Saint Astvatsatsin was built in the 10th century. The church structure belongs to cross- domed types of buildings. On the inside walls of the church remained the carved frescoes. They are both unique landmarks that worth to see.
If you are in Lori don’t forget to see the temple of Odzun, which was built in 6th – 7th. It is a rare sample of Armenian architecture. Odzun Church is located in Odzun town, Lori Region. The church is situated in the central part of the town. The church is one of the early medieval unique buildings that completely preserved the outside look. On the outside and inside walls of the church are lots of carved Armenian recordings. The style of the building belongs to domed basilica types of churches.