Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan

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Admire exquisite stone carvings at Haghartsin Monastery, an architectural ensemble featuring three masterful stone churches surrounded by a thick forest. One of Armenia's most visited monasteries, this compact architectural complex built from the 10th to the 14th century includes St. Stepanos Church, St. Gregory Church, and Holy Mother of God Church, whose sixteen-faced dome has elaborately decorated arches. Ornamental highlights include a chandelier and icons, one of which depicts an Asiatic Virgin Mary and Jesus in an attempt to spare them from Mongol destruction. Visit the royal sepulcher and the vaulted refectory (built in 1248 and still in use) to round out your experience of the medieval complex. Put Haghartsin Monastery into our Dilijan journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Dilijan.
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  • We went there in spring, it was a rainy day which gave a really nice touch to the place. The monastery, like other Armenian's holy places, is very simple from the inside, no decorations or drawings, y...  more »
  • The monastery is located in a spectacular and hidden natural scenery. The complex is newly renovated and has excellent facilities for visitors. Near to the main monastery, there are also a number of s...  more »
  • Marvelous monastery. Now the temple is very well restored, something completely redesigned. Range of nature, beauty! Once arrived, immediately went to the strongest downpour with hail, so time to resemble and inspect premises was enough. As everywhere in the monasteries of interior architecture is fascinating.
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  • I was blessed to have seen this Monastery a day after the snow had fallen. What stood out for me was the fact that the Sheikh of Shariah funded this much needed restoration despite their cultural differences. Some might feel the to modern buildings is inappropriate but for me I could use my imagination of the former days but it was more about 2 culture's uniting.
  • A tranquil monastery in the hills that has been renovated not that long ago. The drive is beautiful with lots of great scenery along the way as well.
  • 10 miles drive from the town. I was hoping to see some old authentic stuff but the awkwardly done renovations make you feel you are in a newly built church/monastery complex. WC wasn't free!!
  • A complex of ancient churches. Great place to find peace.
  • Very old monastery in the heart of the mointains.

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Bursting with rustic guesthouses oozing with charm, Dilijan offers a wealth of accommodation options, nestled across its forested landscape. For budget-friendly options, look toward the center of town for some bed and breakfasts and guesthouses, which are within easy walking distance of the Old Town. For a more decadent experience on your Dilijan holiday, head further into the forest for hidden mountain retreats that boast swimming pools, tours of the region, and character-filled lodging.
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