Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery, situated in the picturesque Lori Province of Armenia, is a testament to the country's rich cultural and architectural heritage. Nestled among green hills, against the backdrop of the Debed River, this medieval complex is a captivating sight. Founded in the 10th century, Sanahin is renowned for its brilliance, reflecting the distinctive style of Armenian ecclesiastical design. The complex consists of several structures, including the main church, chapels, and various ancillary buildings.

The main church of Sanahin Monastery, dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, is a striking example of Armenian canonical architecture. Constructed from local reddish-brown stone, the church features intricate carvings and decorative elements on its exterior walls. The facade is adorned with khachkars (cross-stones), showcasing the artistic prowess of medieval Armenian stone carvers.
What adds to the allure of Sanahin is its harmonious integration with the natural landscape. The complex seems to organically emerge from the surrounding greenery, creating a tranquil and contemplative atmosphere. The setting itself enhances the spiritual experience for visitors.
The interior of the church is equally impressive, with religious frescoes adorning the walls, depicting scenes from the Bible and the lives of saints. The meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in these frescoes offer a glimpse into the artistic sophistication of medieval Armenian painters.
Sanahin Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands as a living testament to the architectural ingenuity of medieval Armenia. Its enduring charm and historical significance make it a must-visit destination for those exploring the cultural treasures of the region.

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Contact Information

Head Office
Aram Khachikyan
Phone: +374 9595 1040
Yerevan, Armenia

North American Representation
Carole Baden
New York, NY—USA

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