Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan

Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • One of the most beautiful churches of Armenia for sure. The whole complex is very beautiful and aesthetic. You can feel Armenian and Christian spirit.  more »
  • This is a little monastery outside of Dilijan. The monastery was like the others in Armenia, however the drive was gorgeous. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • Overall Armenia 🇦🇲 is a small but beautiful country. I lived there for two weeks and visited many places around the capital but I must say this Monastery complex is absolutely fabulous . It is in the middle of the mountains and covered with dense forest. During the summer time this place is quite crowded and people come here for doing picnic 🧺 I would love visiting this place again.
  • Amazing scenery. The monasteries stand in the higher region of the mountains. Note that it can get crazy cold up there as the elevation is very high. I visited the area in September and it was close to 7-8 Celcius degrees with rain and foggy conditions. Don’t forget to go on the left for a small balcony (as you’re leaving the complex)
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