Sanahin Monastery

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Sanahin Monastery
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Amenaprkich (Holy Redeemer) church
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationSanahin, Lori Province,
Sanahin Monastery is located in Armenia
Sanahin Monastery
Shown within Armenia
Geographic coordinates41°05′14″N 44°39′58″E / 41.087222°N 44.666111°E / 41.087222; 44.666111Coordinates: 41°05′14″N 44°39′58″E / 41.087222°N 44.666111°E / 41.087222; 44.666111
Groundbreaking10th century
Official name: Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin
Criteriaii, iv
Designated1996 (20th session)
Reference no.777
RegionWestern Asia

Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia.

The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery. The two villages and their monasteries are similar in many ways, and lie in plain view of each other on a dissected plateau formation, separated by a deep "crack" formed by a small river flowing into the Debed river.

As with Haghpat, Sanahin is frequented by an increasing number of tourists, due to its recent inclusion on the itineraries of a great number of Armenian tour agencies, the beauty of its monastery complex matching that of Haghpat's. The complex belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church with numerous khachkars (stones with elaborate engravings representing a cross) and bishop gravesites scattered throughout it.


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