Sanahin Monastery: Armenian public organizations concerned about medieval complex’s poor state

Sanahin Monastery: Armenian public organizations concerned about medieval complex’s poor state


The medieval monastery complex Sanahin in the north of Armenia which is included in UNESCO Heritage Fund has appeared in the focus of public attention because of trees, growing on the doom of the monastery, reports Arminfo news agency.

Last week a youth initiative group “We will not be silent” organized a trip to the monastery for journalists for further wide coverage of the problem.

Earlier in an interview with the agency, Director of the Research on Armenian Architecture NGO, historian Samvel Karapetyan said: “During my latest meeting with Catholicos Karekin II, I once again studied the problem of Sanahin Monastery and reminded him of the fact that a forest has already grown on the roof of this historical monument. We offered Karekin II to direct at least part of the funds allocated for construction of new churches to the settlement of this problem. In response, he only said that he has nothing to do with the monasteries and churches located in the mountains.”

“I’d like to recall that the Church should have cared first of all for the cultic constructions. Needless to say about the state structures, which should be interested in removing the forests from the roofs of churches.”