Exploring Saghmosavan: Monastery, Armenian "Grand Canyon," and Alphabet Park

One of our day-trips in Armenia was to a small town called Saghmosavan, which is known for its 13th Century Monastery and the deep canyon that was created by an earthquake. When you see the pictures, you’ll understand why we call it the Armenian “Grand Canyon!”

The Monastery was insanely beautiful. It is isolated in the middle of a grass field and the architecture, both inside and outside, is very elaborate and beautiful. I was in awe to walk through a church that was built over 800 years ago–it felt unreal.

There were people outside the church setting up for a wedding later that day! I can’t even imagine how beautiful those pictures would turn out…

Just behind the church is the mountain range that was split in half during an earthquake in Armenia. As someone who lives in SoCal, the thought that an earthquake can split an entire mountain range apart like this is slightly concerning, but I tried not to think about that.

While there was immense destruction in and around the Monastery, this canyon was one of the highlights of my trip. It was so interesting how an earthquake created such a beautiful landscape, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

It’s a little difficult to see it in the photos, but the line that is created between the light and dark parts of the mountains is where the canyon is. It was very deep–my family and I were definitely cautious when we were taking pictures!

Saghmosavan was a short drive out of Yerevan, and right down the road is the famous Alphabet Park (where all the Instagram photos are taken). So, of course, we couldn’t miss the chance to take a few pictures by our letters! This is me with my letter, P.

Overall, I really recommend paying a visit to Saghmosavan if you are in Armenia. We only spent about half a day here, which was a good amount of time to check everything off our lists! It’s a very deserted town, but there’s a lot to see that you wouldn’t want to miss out on!

Thank you so much for reading this post, and I hope you enjoyed!

< 3 Pauline

4 Replies to “Exploring Saghmosavan: Monastery, Armenian "Grand Canyon," and Alphabet Park”

    1. I actually don’t know how deep it is! I tried to find more information online but there’s hardly any articles about it 😕 It was definitely a bit scary, though!

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