Places in Debed Canyon
In Dsegh, 9km from the main road, you can find the birthplace of writer Hovhannes Tumanyan (1869–1923). The home of his childhood has been converted to a museum, with period furniture and mementos. The stone memorial outside the museum contains the heart of Tumanyan (the rest of his body is buried in Tbilisi).
Perched on a broad shelf that terminates at a sheer plunge down to the Debed River, Odzun is a substantial settlement of about 6000 with a magnificent 7th-century church in the centre of the village. The unusual monument next to it is a memorial but locals say it has the power to inspire fertility– approach with caution.