Haghpat is a medieval monastery complex situated in the North of Armenia. The monastery was built in a picturesque place surrounded by canyons and thick forests. Being built in the 10th century the monastery was the center of the Armenian religious culture. Later many buildings were added like small churches and chapels, cemetery, gavits, library. There are many stories about the name of the monastery. The most famous of them is that father and son argued and started to live apart. When the son built a monastery the father saw the walls of it and came to his son. He saw the wall and said "Hagh Pat" which means "hagh (exclamation word) wall". Haghpat complex is especially rich in khachkars, which were intended not only as memorials.
Sanahin is a monastery complex situated in the north of Lori region. According to the excavations the monastery is dated back to the 10th century. As it was built earlier that the second monastery Haghpat is was named Sanahin, which is translated as "this is older than that". During the coming centuries a few building were added to the complex like chapels, gavit, jamatun, academy building, cemetery, book repository and other auxiliary buildings. The monastery was one of the most important religious centers of Armenia. It is impossible not to like this monastery as it is surrounded by magnificent nature which makes it more beautiful and more charming.