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One of Haghpat’s most famous residents was the 18th century poet and musician, courtier Sayat Nova (1722-1795). Considered by many the greatest ashugh (folk singer-songwriter) that ever lived in the Caucasus, he was born Harutiun Sahakian, in the village of Sanahin and raised in Tiflis (Tbilisi).

Working period/season

Year around

Working days


Working hours

9AM- 8PM

How to reach

Haghpat Monastery is about 2.5 hours north of Yerevan. Take the M-2 highway to Ashtarak, then the M-3 to Vanadzor then the M-6 to Alaverdi. About 5 km after Alaverdi you will see our exit sign for the monastery. From there it is about 3 km to the complex.


Haghpat was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996.