Sanahin Monastery Complex is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in Sanahin, Lori Province.
The name Sanahin literally is translated from Armenian as ‘this one is older than that one’, presumably representing a claim to being an older monastery than the neighboring Haghpat Monastery, together with which it forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
The first church of the monastery, Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), was built in the 30s and 40s of the 10th century under King Abas I Bagratuni.
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