Old Bridge Of Sanahin: Unesco World Heritage Site
Next to the Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries, a part of the UNESCO heritage is the Old Bridge of Sanahin, built in 1195 over the heavy waves of the river Debed (Lori Province of Armenia).
Sanahin Bridge is one of the significant architectural compositions of medieval Armenia. The structure was built by order of Armenian queen Vaneni, the sister of Zakare and Ivane Zakaryan.
Built with polished basalt stones, this arch bridge has a length of 60 meters, its middle part is 4 meters wide. The bridge was erected in the narrow section of the Debed canyon, where the left bank was lower than the right bank. The four corners of the top part of the bridge’s parapet feature high reliefs of lions, the symbols of protection.
Owing to its firmness and the harmonic construction of all the parts, the Bridge of Sanahin has its unique place among the numerous bridges of medieval Armenia and an outstanding one in the whole Transcaucasia.