While browsing Wikipedia and the Internet about some damaged Armenian churches in Tbilisi Georgia I came across an amazing photo (but I know this one is not in Tbilisi).

This link is to the Armenian language web page with the original picture I found but could not include for copyright reasons.

This is a photo I was able to find on WikiMedia Commons only after mouviciel's answer came in: Haghpat Monastery

Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me it seems to be a half buried Armenian monastery, still intact but with beautiful green lawn growing on the mounds which conceal some of it!

Where is it? What's it called? Is it really partially buried? Can I visit it?

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    You're not one for easy questions :)
    – victoriah
    Nov 9, 2011 at 14:57
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    Some are not so hard d-; But I have a couple of Armenian friends so let me Facebook it... Nov 9, 2011 at 15:00

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Google on "half-buried armenian monastery" gives WikiTravel page on Northern Armenia. There I found Haghpat Monastery. Google images confirms.

  • Great find! I did lots of Googling for half-buried monasteries and didn't spot it. Nov 9, 2011 at 15:35
  • Actually, the search words were "half-buried armenian monastery". I edit my answer.
    – mouviciel
    Nov 9, 2011 at 15:40
  • I thought I was being an expert with "half OR partially buried armenian monastery" d-; Nov 9, 2011 at 15:46

Haghpat monastery located in the north of Armenia.


If you go to http://images.google.com, then click on the camera icon in the right of the search box, you can enter the url of an image or upload one to search with it. Using this you can usually find the answer in 2 seconds. It gives this page, and tells you that it is the Haghpat Monastery.

Hopefully this will be helpful in the future, and to others.

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    Actually I did try that and it didn't work. You are trying it with the picture from WikiMedia Commons that I added after I got the name of the monastery from the first answer, and not the original picture I couldn't use for copyright reasons. A Google Image search with it returns wrong results but I can't paste the link in because new Google image links are too long for this comment box )-: Nov 10, 2011 at 0:40
  • Downvoted because this is NOT an answer. Nov 10, 2011 at 10:57
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    @ankur, I wasn't sure if I should add this, but the stackexchange sites are also for reference for other people I the future (to prevent many nearly identical questions) so this 'answer' can help the OP and any visitor find the answer themselves.
    – Jonathan.
    Nov 10, 2011 at 11:27
  • It could've been worded a bit differently to be a valid answer and it is a good tip. Just didn't actually turn out to work with the source image this time. Nov 11, 2011 at 14:05
  • @hippietrail, wording isn't my strong point, once of thought of something I usually find it impossible to reword it. So please edit :)
    – Jonathan.
    Nov 11, 2011 at 20:21

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