Haghpat monastery is, apart from Sanahin, the other monastery on the edge of Debed river with a UNESCO World Heritage status. The monastery is renowned for its numerous khachkars which are stone crosses typical for Armenia. The best known khachkar of Haghpat has not only the cross but also the Christ and other people depicted on it which is not typical.
We went to Haghpat by taxi which was arranged to us by the hotel where we were staying for the night.
It was not as peaceful there as in Sanahin as there was also a busload of Armenians living in Iran visiting the monastery.
Name of the monastery is sometimes spelled as Haghbat. Longer form of the name, Haghpatavank, means literally the 'Monastery of Haghpat'.
The taxi driver would have liked to take us also to the nearby monastery of Akhtala but we decided not to go there. Two monasteries was enough for one day.
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