The monastery of Haghpat, was founded by Queen Khosrovanush (wife of the Armenian King Ashot III the Merciful) in AD 976. The monastery complex represents the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture between the 10th and 13th centuries. This unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasus. Hagpat Monastery along with Sanakhin Monastery are on UNESCO World Heritage list since 2000 y.

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