Further N, in Alaverdi
near the Sanahin turnoff, another road winds
W up to Akori,
an estate belonging in the 19th c. to Count Loris-Melikov,
successful general and briefly Prime Minister to Czar Alexander, one of
the few Armenian members of the Russian nobility.
In the gorge SE is
church, and there is the so-called Bgavor
At the S end of town,
a modern double bridge crosses the Debed river and
winds up to the E district of the Alaverdi-the village of Sanahin,
with the drafty, dilapidated but survivable Debed Hotel on the main
square. Beyond the hotel, the road goes straight and
then right to the important
and richly decorated
complex of Sanahin,
important literary and educational center in medieval times. It was
the seat of an archbishop up into the 19th c.
Queen Khosrovanush, wife of King Ashot III Bagratuni, founded the
monastery in 966, building an Amenaprkich (All-Savior) church beside a
pre-existing 10th c. S. Astvatsatsin church (left/N).
was the birthplace of Artashes Mikoyants, better known to history as
Anastas Mikoyan (1895-1978). Anastas survived every purge and change of
leadership to become Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet,
perhaps the most successful Armenian ever to settle in Soviet
Moscow. His brother Artyom (1905-1970) was the famous aeronautical
engineer, co-designer of the MIG fighter series. The house-museum
of the Mikoyan brothers is downhill from the monastery. E from the village, on the
hilltop are scant remains of a church.