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Hovhannavank is a wonderful piece of Armenian Apostolic Church architecture situated in the village of Ohanavan in the region of Aragatsotn, about five kilometers away from the monastic complex of Saghmosavank. The monastery is attached atop the Kasa...

Saghmosavank is a 13th century monastery, surrounded by Mount Aragats, Mount Ara, and the deep Kasakh Gorge. Saghmosavank was once a religious, academic and cultural center of medieval Armenia. The churches of St. Sion and St. Astvatsatsin toget...

On the territory of Ararat marz are the ruins of another ancient Armenian capital city – Dvin. Built on prehistoric foundations, Dvin's emergence into history begins in 330s, when Arsacid king Khosrov II Kotak (r. 330-338) founded the city on a...

Khor Virap is as much a popular travel destination as St. Echmiadzin Cathedral, pagan Garni temple and Geghard Monastery. It has its own place in the history of Armenia due to the legend about Grigor Lousavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) – ...

The heroic Armenian people have suffered much from numerous devastating wars, but have always overcome the miserable situation. Numerous wars during the history have taken place for the nation’s freedom and independence. Sardarapat Memorial Pa...

Not far from Etchmiadzin on the way to Yerevan lie the ruins of the church of Zvartnots (church of the Guardian Angel or Celestial Angel), a colossal and unique masterpiece of Armenian architecture. Zvartnots was built at a time when much of Armenia ...

St. Shoghakat (meaning “a drop of light”) church is one of the comparatively recent pieces of reli-gious architecture. It was built only in 1694, near St. Gayane and St. Hripsime. The church was constructed at the holy place whe...

Holy Gayane has the same history behind as holy Hripsime. Both of them sacrificed themselves, together with thirty eight nuns, for the sake of their religion. Later in 301 AD the king Trdat III, who tortured and killed the nuns, became the king to ac...

The church of St. Hripsime is situated in the eastern part of Etchmiadzin. All its facades have deep twin niches, making the massive stonework of the walls look wonderfully delicate and giving a peculiar charm and at the same time a forceful expressi...

If you have a close look at the map of Armenia, you will sure see that it looks like a head of a girl with long hair and a blue brooch on it. That very brooch is the Lake Sevan which decorates not only the map, but also the land of Armenia. It is one...

Located in the region of Gegharkunik, Noratus is an ancient Armenian village. The village is famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Once the cemetery in Julfa in Nakhichevan (Territory of Azerbaijan) was...

Located along a gorge in the southern part of the village of Artsvanist, Vanevan monastery is an important piece of Armenian architecture dating back to the 10th century. The inscriptions on the southeastern part evidence that the church was built in...

During the 8th century a few monks settled on the former island of Sevan and began to build their churches. Due to the strategically good location, many others came here. For a while it was the residence of the king Ashot Erkat (Ashot the Iron) who r...

Kecharis is a monastic complex of the 11-13th centuries. It is located in famous ski-resort town of Tsakhkadzor (the latter means “gorge of flowers”). The site is purely visible from above the mountain slopes. The complex was under the r...

Another complex, which occupies an important place in Armenian architecture, is the monastery of Geghard situated on a wild narrow mountain gorge of unusual beauty. The Monastery of Geghard (geghard meaning spear) is a unique architectural constructi...

Situated in the center of the region of Lori, on a notably large plateau, the village of Odzun is one of the greatest and most prosperous villages of Armenia. The territory of the village is rich in many numerous monuments constructed in different hi...

The picturesque village of Dsegh is situated on one side of the Debed River. The village is the birthplace of the famous Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan. He is so famous both among children and adults, that by saying Dsegh, we mean Hovhannes Tumanya...

Haghpat is a lovely village situated in the province of Lori near Alaverdi Town. The village is proud with its magnificent monastic complex of Haghpat built in the 10th century by the Queen Khosrovanush during the reign of the king Ashot Bagratuni II...

Sanahin is a medieval monastic complex, a precious gem of Armenian architecture. It is situated in the Debed Canyon of the Lori region, in the village of Sanahin. According to documents and evidence of material culture this structure belongs to the 1...

The monastic complex of Marmashen, which is also known as Marmarashen Vank is situated on a picturesque shelf facing the left bank of the Akhuryan River surrounded by fruitful trees, a stream and a nice waterfall. According to a version the name of t...

The Monastery of Harichavank is situated in the village of Harich in the Shirak Province. The precise date of the foundation of the Monastery is not known exactly. But archeological excavations have shown that the Monastery of Harichavank was built i...

Gyumri was once the most pleasant, vivid and wonderful city of Armenia. It was also an education and art center for all Armenians around the world. The first Armenian opera performance was staged in Gyumri in 1912; eleven years later the first theatr...

The Vorotnavank monastery is an Armenian medieval architectural monument. It is one of the well known religious and cultural centers of the 10-15th centuries, situated 4 kilometers to the east of Sisian, on the left bank of Vorotan canyon 3 kilometer...

Zorats karer, also called Karahunj, is among the must-see places in the whole world, and especially in Armenia. Karahunj can be interpreted in Armenian like the “sound of stones” (“kar” meaning “stone”, and “...

On the left side of the Vorotan River Gorge, flows of basalt lava have become solid to form a ledge of 18 meters height from which the waterfall of Shaki cascades down. Origin of the name Shaki comes from beautiful same-named girl. According to the l...

Being situated not far from the city of Kapan, in the lush forests of the Armenian snazzy nature, Vahanavank can be outlined against the bright blue sky on the rocky hills. From above you can enjoy the splendid panorama all around, including the Vaha...

Have you ever wondered how people lived in ancient times with no central heating, no electricity and with no modern places of attraction? Have you ever had the desire to appear in the houses of the ancient people? Then Armenia gives you the chance. ...

Located some 17 kilometers away from Sisian near an ice lake, Ughtasar is one of the most important archeological findings in the territory of Armenia. You can always see blocks of ice in the lake and the snow almost never melts completely in roundab...

The picturesque village of Enokavan is located in the northeastern part of Armenia in the green region of Tavush. One part of the village is a nice valley; the other side is a deep canyon. The canyon includes three caves with a length of 10-30 meters...

Makaravank is a monastic complex dating back to the 10-13th centuries. The complex is situated 6 km away from the village of Achajur, in the forested region of Tavush. The complex consists of churches, a vestry (or a gavit) and other constructions of...

Founded in the 10-13th century, Haghartsin monastery is situated in the woodlands of Tavush region, near the densely forested region of Dilijan. New buildings were added to the monastery during later times. The complex consists of St. Grigor, St. Ast...

Goshavank monastery is another masterpiece of ancient Armenian architecture. Situated in the dense oak woods of the splendid Dilijan district in the village of Gosh, Goshavank used to be a major medieval university with a depository of manuscripts. A...

Being the first nation to accept Christianity, Armenians have built churches and monasteries throughout the country in every possible and impossible place wherever a human foot could step. During the course of the time these places have been abandone...

Caravanserais were quite common in medieval Armenia. The Selim Caravanserai is among them. In the whole country it is the only well surviving one coming from the depth of the history. Built along the Selim Pass, it once hosted the weary travelers an...

Jermuk has long been famous as spa center of Armenia. The word Jermuk is translated from Armenian as “warm”. The mineral waters in Jermuk belong to the list of the most compound sorts. The city has its own brand of mineral water bottled ...

Erebuni fortress was built on top of a hill as a strategic military center and a royal residence in 782 BC. That hill, Arin Berd, overlooks the Araks River Valley. The Erebuni fortress was explored only after the first half of the 20th century. Only ...

The legendary Armenian land has a long history behind of making wine of really delicate taste. According to a well known legend Noah planted the first vine in the fertile Ararat valley. After that people tasted the first wine, and thus the production...

The Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, named after Alexander Spendarian is built in a classic style. The beautiful round construction is situated in the center of the city. The entrance of the Opera House has a noble and solemn look...

The History Museum of Armenia was founded in 1919 as Ethnographic-Anthropological Museum-Library. The museum is dedicated to one of the oldest civililasations in the world. The museum houses more than 400 000 archeological, ethnographic and numismat...

Gandzasar is the most exquisite monastery in Karabakh. Located in the north, atop the green hill which climbs above the village of Vank, it has been restored and is a fully functioning monastery. The church of Gandzasar was built in 1216-1238. The c...