Along with nearby Sanahin Monastery, the Haghpat Monastery shares a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This mediaeval monastery was founded by Queen Khosrovanuysh around 976 and occupies a site halfway up a hillside where it could offer its monks privacy and solitude. As a result of this lofty location it’s often atmospherically shrouded in cloud. At its heart is the Cathedral of Surb Nishan; other important structures include the domed church of St Gregory.