Dsegh - Sanahin Monastery - Haghpat Monastery
In the morning, we plan to go down from Dsegh Visitor Center to the northern part of the village – in the Martz River canyon. The road that leads to the canyon goes through the green forest, and then all along the Martz River is seen.
Along the way, one can witness many bird species, from passerines to raptors: Semi-collared and Spotted Flycatchers, Hawfinch, Eurasian Green, Syrian and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Harriers, Black Kite, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and many other interesting and colorful species.
After, the road outgoing from the canyon merges with the highway leading to the Georgian border, which will bring you to Sanahin Monastery. This monastery complex is situated in Lori Marz (Region) of Armenia in a village with the same name. Since 1996, it was recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage. The Sanahin Monastery was established due to Armenian king Ashot III Voghormats in 966 A.D. It became the center of Kyurikyan administrative region and patrimonial mausoleum, in X-XI centuries it was a cultural center, with high-level schools and an extensive library.
Returning to the main highway we continue our way to the next destination – Haghpat Monastery. The Haghpat is a great monastery complex of Armenian Middle Ages. It is located in Lori Marz, Haghpat Village. Along with Sahanin, Haghpat is a part of UNESCO world heritage. It was established in the second part of X century. In X-XIII, centuries Haghpat was an outstanding spiritual and cultural center. It was highly developed particularly from X to XIV centuries when the heads of Tashir-Dzoraget were Artsrunis and after then Zaqaryans. Haghpat School and library were widely known. Philosophy, oratory, theology, and music were taught, manuscripts were portrayed and illustrated.
On the territory of the monasteries, one can meet such species as Barn Swallow and Northern House-martin, Common Swift, Common and Black Redstart, Tits, Syrian Woodpecker, Eurasian Harrier and Long-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, and many other species.