Connected to Alaverdi by a cable car said to have the steepest ascent of any in the former USSR, Sanahin village houses a 10th century monastery complex which is UNESCO-listed. The village is the birthplace of aeroplane builder Artem Mikoyan, one of the creators of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, and also long-serving politician Anastas Mikoyan, who played a major role in the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s.