Akhtala Monastery

Above Sanahin and Haghpat lies the lesser known but very worthwhile fortified monastery of Akhtala with breathtaking frescoes. The Akhtala fortress with its temple complex is situated in Akhtala village of Tumanyan region in a high valley. The fortress’ territory is surrounded with rocky deep canyons from three sides, and the north side joins the…

Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery is located in the south-east  of Haghpat village, on a plateau which overlooks the Debed river. It was founded in the second half of the  10th century by Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III for the longevity of their sons Gurgen and Smbat.The location of Haghpat Monastery was chosen to…

Odzun Church

Odzun was one of the settlements of the Kiurikian kingdom and now it is the largest village in Lori Province. Odzun was historically settled in the Stone Age and excavations in have revealed extensive evidence of human trace in the area. The village overlooks the Debed river and provides stunning views over the ravine and…

Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery Complex was founded by Armenian King Ashot G. Voghormats in 966. Sanahin monastery is barely 6 kilometres from its neighbour Haghpat, which is similar in design. The Monastery was probably erected on the site of an earlier pre-Christian temple. The oldest references to this monastery are to be found in early 10th century…