From the light alone you know you are in a holy place:
“You who enter through its door and prostrate yourself before the Cross, in your prayers remember us…who rest at the door …”
Supposedly built by the estranged son of the master who built the almost equally beautiful Sanahin Monastery. When the father walks across the valley and finally comes to see it, he says to the son he now understands: the walls are solid, they will stand. From this comes the name “Haghpat”.