THE WONDERS OF VAYOTS DZOR


The Birds’ /Areni-1/ cave

The cave is located at the estuary of the Arpa river’s Gnishik stream – 30 meters above Arpa. Its entrance is partially shielded with big stones. The cave is a complex of several chambers, the summary length of which makes approximately 250m. It belongs to the class of clastocarstic caves since it originated in limestone […]

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Magel cave

The cave is located at the bottom of the eastern cliff of Gnishik gorge. It has 5 entrances, at the slope of the cliff - 20-40 m above river Gnishik. The entrances are of various shapes and sizes: the smallest has a round shape with approximately 1m diameter, and the biggest has a shape of a triangle, with 18m in height and 10m as the base.

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Noravank

Noravank was one of the prominent religious and cul-tural centers of medieval Armenia: it is located in the gorge of Arpa river Gnishik stream 8 km away from Areni village. The Armenian Church had one Metropolitanate – Syunik Metropolitanate. Noravank was the residence of the Metropolitan of Syunik from the 13th to 15th centuries. The […]

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Yeghegis

Yeghegis was one of the most remarkable residential areas of Vayots Dzor. It was located on the territory of the current Yeghegis village stretching through the valley for 4km along the right bank of the river Yeghegis. The ruins of streets, walls and buildings can be seen there even now. It is unknown when the […]

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St. Astvatsatsin (Virgin Mary) or Zorats church

The church was built by the Bishop of Syunik Stepanos Tarsayitch during the 1320s. It has a unique style in Armenian architecture; it is built of only an altar and vestries located on its right and left sides. The square in front of the church replaces the prayer house.

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Smbataberd

The ruins of the fortress are located at the top of one of the south-western branches of Vardenis mountain chain, 2000m above sea level. This high mountain range is edged by the Yeghegis river gorge to the south-east, and Artabuynq river canyon to the north-west. The fortress is protected by a slope and hard-to-reach flanks […]

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The Jewish cemetery

The cemetery is located on the left bank of the river Yeghegis. About 70 tombstones lay here some of which have inscriptions in Hebrew and Aramaic. All the inscriptions are carved on cradle-shaped tombstones, and include historic content dated from 1266-1337. Many tombstones are even older and do not have any inscriptions. Coins and other […]

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Muradsar petrogliphs

The mountainous plateau located to the east of the southern slopes of the Vardenis mountains divides the Arpa and Yeghegis rivers. It constitutes a large cover of lava erup-ted during lower and middle quaternary period from mounts Semasar (3484m), Tchaghatsar (3333m) and Muradsar(3214). The plateau is covered with inaccessible rock fields. The rock blocks are […]

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Gndevank

Gndevanq is one of the most important monuments of Armenian medieval architecture. It is located in Vayots Dzor region in the picturesque gorge of the Arpa River, 1km west of Gndevaz village. The monastery is surrounded by fruitful gardens that blend seamlessly with the beauty of the church to create an almost fairytale-like setting.

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Gladzor University – Hermonavank

Hermonavanq is located 2km south-east from the current Hermon village, on the right bank of the Yeghegis river. The church is called Hermon in honour of the first monk’s name Ahermon. The church monastery is also known as Knevank. The basilica church, enclosures and other buildings have been preserved in the form of ruins from […]

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Tsakhats kar

Tsakhats kar is located 2km north from Yeghegis village, on the south mountain slope of Vardenis plateau, 2080m above sea level. The monastic complex consists of two groups of structures, Eastern and Western, 200m away from each other. The Eastern group consists of St. Karapet and St. Nshan Churches, which were built in 1041.

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Shatin Monastery

Shatin monastery, or Shatinavanq, is located 4km east from Shatin village, on the southern slope of Teksar mountains. Shatin Church was built in 10-14th centuries.

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Arates Monastery

Arates monastery is located north of the village Hermon in Arates village. Historical information about the monastery and the village dates back to the 9th century, but comments about them exist as far back as the 7th century. Tarsaich Prince donated Arates Village and church to Amaghu Noravanq, as a summer residence for its high-ranking […]

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Selim Caravanserai

Selim (Sulema) Caravanaserai is located to the north of Aghnjadzor village on the southern side of the mountain pass road connecting Yeghegnadzor with Martuni on the shore of Sevan Lake. According to inscriptions it was built during the rule of the Orbelyan prince Zesar in 1332. Archeological studies point to two construction periods. The first […]

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Martiros “cave” church — hewn in stone

Martiros “cave” church is located 2km south-east from Martiros village. It is completely carved from easily hewn lime-mixed sandstone mountain called Nzar and it presents itself as a complex network of cave structures. According to inscriptions preserved on the walls, the complex was built in 1286 with the efforts of Archimandrite Matheos. Interestingly, during the […]

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Jermuk

The world renowned resort city of Jermuk with its unique hot springs and curative spa features, sits at a height of 2070 m above sea level. Here there are recreation opportunities to serve tourists visiting Vayots Dzor all year round. The Jermuk gorge is fantastic with its fast-flowing river, high cliffs, mysterious caves and wonderful […]

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Spitakavor St. Virgin and Proshaberd

Spitakavor Monastery is located about 7km from Vernashen village, on the south slope of a nearby peak. The Monastery consists of a church and a court. It is enclosed, and inside the enclosures are found residential buildings of the congregation and the cemetery. Inscriptions found on the Monastery refer to it as Spitakavor St. Virgin’s […]

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