The Haghartsin Monastery, built in the X-XIII cc, is situated 18 km away from the town of Dilijan, in the woodlands of Tavush region. It is an indescribable example of blend of nature with architecture. Now it consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), St. Stepanos churches and some other buildings. During the Silver Age, the monastery was a major center of Armenian church architecture and ranked among the leading cultural hearths of medieval Armenia. St. Astvatsatsin, the main cathedral was built in 1281. A noteworthy part of the complex is the refectory, which is of great interest due to its skillful architectural composition.