The village of Sanahin, attached to Alaverdi and built on a plateau overlooking the valley, has one of the jewels of Armenian religious architecture: the monastery Sanahin, built from the 10th to the 13th century. The site is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
The name of this fortress monastery mean « it is older than that one » because the site would be earlier than Haghpat. Towards the end of the 10th century Sanahin was already the most important spiritual center of the kingdom of Tashir Dzoraguet and the most famous in Armenia. Moreover, the reputation of its monks was so well established that they have been sent abroad as « embassy advisers.«
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