Haghartsin Monastery Complex, Armenia (with Map & Photos)

Haghartsin Monastery was built between the 11th-13th centuries under the patronage of the Bagratumi dynasty. It is in a beautiful forest enclave but the buildings are quite rebuilt. 

Haghartsin Monastery in Dilijan - this is one of the main historical architectural attractions not only in the city but also in the whole of Armenia. The monastery is situated 18 km from Dilijan on the upper reaches of the Haghartsin river among green mountain forests.

Haghartsin Monastery
Haghartsin Monastery

The monastery complex was built in XI-XIII Art. The medieval temple covers a large enough area. The Haghartsin Monastery complex consists of the church of St. Gregory, built in the 11th century. Church of St. Astvatsatsin g.postroyki 1281, the church of St. Stephanos, built in 1244, the chapel of the 13th century, Bagratuni royal family tombs, built in the 12th century. the refectory in 1248 and a series of other facilities for various services of the monastery, built in XII-XIII Art.

Haghartsin Monastery
Haghartsin Monastery

The oldest building in the Haghartsin Monastery complex is the Agartsinskogo Church of St. Gregory. The temple itself is a small square at the base. The interior space was made in the shape of a cross. The church is crowned with a cone-shaped dome on an octagonal drum. Towards the end of the second half of the 12th century. Attached to the house is a small blue basalt church and porch. In 1244 a small church of St. Stephanos was built, which is a miniature copy of the main church of St. Gregory.

A rare piece of architecture is the refectory, built in 1248 by the architect Minas. Your room is made up of two parts, the interlocking arches overlapping system. Near the gate on the west side you can see a wide arched gate, which is intended for the entry and exit of a large number of pilgrims.

Haghartsin Monastery
Haghartsin Monastery

Another church - St. Astvatsatsin - was originally built in the 11th century, but in 1287 it was rebuilt again. The main decoration of the largest building in the monastery - a 16-sided dome with beautiful stucco arches. The building itself is the temple of the Spirit. Astvatsatsin has a transverse dome-shaped architecture with rich facade decoration.

In the thirteenth century. Haghartsin Monastery in Dilijan has become the largest center of cultural and spiritual life in Armenia. Near the dining room you can see preserved to this day ruins of the monastery kitchen and a few hours and near the south wall of the portico of the temple of St. Gregory - base tombs of the kings of the Kyurikids dynasty.

Haghartsin Monastery Complex Map