Sanahin is a monastery complex (10th c.) situated 17 Km from the Alaverdi town (280 Km from Yerevan). The construction of this monastery is associated to the glory of the Bagratouni Royal Family. The oldest structure of the monastery was built in 977-991 and was called the Holy Cross church. Holy water fills the small pool in the church. Believers say this water has curative qualities for people with poor health. Many cross-stones are built on the ground of the churches. A three-storied bell tower built in 1245 is part of the complex.
Sanahin displays a complex architectural style. The monastery includes also a book depository dating back to the 13th century, a number of well preserved remarkable khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to the 11-13th centuries. Moreover, the dwellings in Haghpat are regarded as splendid specimens of 19th c. Armenian folk style. For a long time, Haghpat was one of the spiritual centers of Medieval Armenia. The scientist monks collected various specimens of written documents in Armenia. Famous Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova spent 20 years here far from the civilization.
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