Միջնադարյան հայ ճարտարապետության արժեքավոր հուշարձաններից է։ Գտնվում է Խնձորկուտ գետակի ձորում` անտառի մեջ։ Հիմնադրել է Առաքել վարդապետը` Կիլիկիայի Տարսոն քաղաքից, որի բեկորոտված տապանաքարը պահպանվել է համալիրի գավթում (1292 թ.)։ Համալիրը բաղկացած է եկեղեցուց, գավթից, մատուռից։ Շուրջը գերեզմանոց է և համանուն գյուղատեղիի ավերակները։
Etchmiadzin is the spiritual centre of Armenia and the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the head of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most populous city in Armavir province, about 20 km west of Yerevan.
Almost equidistant from the two high mountain ranges - the quadriceps Aragats and gorgeous two-headed Mount Ararat, symbol of Armenia, stretches one of the oldest cities in the world, along with Rome and Babylon, Nineveh and Carthage. Yerevan was founded in 782 BC.
This magnificent waterfall is on the slope of Aragats, on the Gegharot tributary of the River Kasagh about 3000 meters above the sea level. It is located about 12 km from the Aragats village. It is covered with ice in winter and in summer cold water descends from the height of about 17 meters.
Aragats is an isolated mountain range in the west of Armenia, the fourth highest in the Armenian highlands and the highest in modern Armenia. The mountain height is 4090 meters (4095 according to the Smithsonian Institute). The stretch of the mountain range from east to west is up to 40 km, from north to south - 35 km. Ramps at the bottom is covered with forest, above - meadows. Traffic routes bypass Aragats.
Tsaghkunyats, sometimes the name of Nana Lich is also used, is a mountain lake in Armenia in Kotayk region, located in the middle part of the Tsaghkunyats range, at an altitude of 2450 meters above sea level. Nearby community is the health resort Aghveran. The lake has only rain nutrition, it is covered with ice in winter. Part of the range, where the lake is located, is a part of Arzakan-Meghradzor reserve.
Vishaps are ancient stone sculptures (end of 2nd - beginning on 1st millennium BC) which, according to the historians, were placed around the source of water. The name of the lake comes from this word.
Kanchgel is a mountain lake in Armenia, located in the crater of the volcano Lchayn on Geghama Plateau, 6 km away from the mountain Azhdahak, at an altitude of 3030 meters above sea level. Mirror area is 0.5 km², volume - 2500 thousand cubic meters, maximum depth - 15 m. The lake has only rain nutrition, it is covered with ice in winter. Alpine meadows are directly in the neighboring area of the lake.
Surrounded with the Gugark mountains, Ijevan is situated in the valley of Aghstev river at an average height of 755 meters above sea level. The surrounding mountains are covered with thick forests, turning into alpine meadows in some areas. Ijevan is a really nice and cozy town to visit. It’s the administrative center of Tavush region. The word “ijevan” means “caravanserai”. The thing is that the town was situated on a major trade route for many centuries. Climate here is perfect – warm winters and not too hot summers.
Yenokavan known as Krdevan until 1935, is a village and summer resort in the Tavush Province of Armenia. The village is a few kilometers north of the regional capital of Ijevan, close to the main highway. The north-eastern part of the Yenokavan is covered with hills, and the southern one - a high canyon, whose length reaches 5 km, height - 100 meters. The canyon behind the village is lush with forest, river and has caves with interesting carvings.
1370 m above sea level, 3 km from the village of Enokavan and 10 km from the town of Ijevan there is a picturesque corner of nature, the locals call it Homer. It is here that the APAGA Resort is located.On the protected territory, with an area of 7 hectares, there is a stable for 40 horses, a riding arena for riding training, cottages, ponds, arbours for rest, sports fields.Our guests not only ride, go on the most beautiful routes, play tennis, but also have an excellent opportunity to taste Armenian cuisine.
A small basilica (IX cent.), Which adjoins the southern wall of the church of St. Stepanos, is now in ruins. This is the oldest building of the complex, which, perhaps, was built on a pre-Christian sacred place. It is supposed that it was intended only for the clergy and served as a place of pilgrimage. Near the church there are many old tombstones with small holes at one end, the presence of which is treated differently: some believe that it burned incense, others - that the stones have a prehistoric age.
"One of the quietest places. Clouds close the mountain Ararat, but it still looks great, "- writes about this wonderful place National Geographic.
Charents Arch is located on the road to Garni and is used as a spectacular place to view Mt. Ararat and her valley. On a clear day it provides a simply spectacular view. This monument was erected in 1957. The site has a breathtaking view of Mount Ararat from here. The words carved on the arch belong to one of Armenia's most famous poets, Yeghisheh Charents (1897-1937), and locals refer to the arch as Charents Arch.
Hankavan formerly known as Mikhaylovka, is a village and a summer resort in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The nature has lavished heavenly sights and nature monuments on the territory: the waterfall of Hankavan, Pambak mountains from South and Tsaghkunyats mountain ranges from North-East . It is notable for its mineral springs, which were used as part of a sanitarium industry during the Soviet period. Hankavan is a small gully, rich with thick forests, rare bushes and plants, flowery meadows, fresh and mineral springs, as well as healing hot water and therapeutic mud. Hankavan is a real dream for tourists, hikers and those who seek a perfect place to rest away from the bustle of the city.
Smbataberd was built in a very advantageous position on the southern end of a ridge, guarded by steep cliffs on three of its sides. Very large ramparts with towers are still relatively intact on the exterior. Within the confines of the fortress little remains except for the faint foundations of buildings near the fortification walls and a keep located at the highest point of the site. It is likely that Smbataberd was founded during the 5th century, but was better established and heavily fortified during the 9th to 10th centuries.
Makaravank is a 10th to 13th century church complex near the Achajur village of Tavush Province. Though the monastery is no longer used for services, the complex is well preserved. There are 4 churches, a gavit, that serves the two largest of the churches, and other buildings which served secondary roles. At one time there used to be vast settlements around Makaravank, the presence of which was of great importance for the growth of the monastery. The monastery was surrounded with walls, its gate was decorated with columns.
The centuries-old Armenian monastery known as Noravank is a hauntingly preserved religious complex sitting in a picturesque valley. Built in the 13th century, the monastery is a lovely example of the ornate architecture of the period. The site is comprised of three surviving churches, each decorated in intricate designs and religious reliefs. The sculptor of the grandest portions of Noravank was a man named Momik, who created the lovely stonework that survives today.
In the Kotayk region of Armenia, there is a beautiful canyon called Garni that’s famous for its unique basalt columns. As a result of geological processes, the stunning natural symmetrical columns were formed and these days, they’re aptly called ‘the symphony of stones’. Indeed, if you look at the canyon from afar, many of the cliffs resemble a giant organ!