Haghartsin Monastery is located among the mountain forests of Tavush province, about 18 km from Dilijan city. There is a beautiful legend about the origin of the name of the monastery. According to it an eagle flew around the dome of the main church during the opening ceremony of the monastery, and that was the reason for calling the sanctuary the monastery of playing (or flying) eagle – Haghartsin (“hagh” means a game while “Artsin” a form of “Artsiv” means eagle in Armenian).
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Haghartsin monastery by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Haghartsin monastery the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Haghartsin monastery depends on the weather conditions.
Haghartsin monastery was constructed between the 10th and 13th centuries. The monastery complex flourished under Khachatur Taronatsi's control in the 12th-13th centuries. It was an educational center among the leading cultural centers of the 13th century.
The complex includes four churches: Saint Grigor (1244), Saint Astvatsatsin (1281), Saint Katoghike (12th century) and Saint Stephanos (1232), as well as two courtyards, refectory, prayer halls and khachkars.
Haghartsin monastery, together with Goshavank monastery, are located on protected area of Dilijan National Park, an important forest in north-eastern part of Armenia.
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