Haghpat (from the words hagh: “strong” and pat: “wall”, pop. 4092) is located inside the village of the same name, on a foothill of Mt. Surplich (Holy Lake). The sloping complex is considered one of the best examples of Medieval Armenian monastery architecture in existence. It is designated World Heritage Site in 1996.
Haghpat is well preserved and it is possible to imagine life as it must have been, when the forested hills and remote location created a natural, peaceful place for contemplation and the monastery’s pursuits of knowledge.
Some most beautiful miniature illuminations on manuscripts were created here on the natural sciences, medicine, philosophy and religion.