Monday, July 21, 2014

Haghpat, Armenia, Tblisi, Georgia

Our first stop today was a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Haghpat.  Haghartsin Monastery was built between the 10th and 13th centuries and was important as a place of learning and a manuscript center.  Today it is a conglomeration of 3 churches and other buildings-

The Gavit-  Notice the carving around the door-

And on the exterior walls-

This is Saint Astvazazin Church, or Holy Mother of God-

The interior of the Hamazasp-

A carving in the Hamazasp-

The Bellfry-

Carving on the exterior of the Bellfry-

Supper tonight in Tblisi was a doner kebab.  It's a Turkish dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, normally lamb but also a mixture of veal or beef.  Once sliced, it's put into a wrap with raw vegetables.  It was delicious!

Of course I couldn't resist the baklava for dessert-

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