Haghartsin Monastery in Tavush Province, Armenia
It's said that eagles flew in the skies above this monastery as its main church was being consecrated, and that's how the entire complex got its name. Haghartsin roughly translates to 'Play of Eagles' and the name seems fitting in this mountainous, forested setting in northern Armenia. The monastery has been nestled here a long while: Most of it was built between the 10th and 13th centuries. The powerful Bagrationi dynasty was responsible for much of the construction and two of its rulers are buried in the sepulcher. The alpine landscape surrounding this cultural treasure is part of Dilijan National Park, one of the most beautiful parts of the country and sometimes referred to as the 'Armenian Switzerland.'
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