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

The Monastery Complex was founded by Armenian King Ashot G. Voghormats in 966 CE. It became the Kyurikyans’ administrative center and the family mausoleum as well as the bishop’s seat of the church of the kingdom. The monastery was a spiritual and educational center. Sanahin got its name after the construction of Haghpat Monastery – literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one" (“sa qan zna hin”).

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 numerous 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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