Surp Astvatsatsin Church

Church in Areni

Looking down on the village from its elevated location across the Arpa River, this small church was built in the 14th century and features wonderful carvings both inside and out; the Virgin Mary on the western exterior wall is particularly fine. Some of the headstones in the graveyard feature wine-making scenes, reflecting the industry's 6000-year-old history in this area.

Be careful when exploring the graveyard – we disturbed a snake on our most recent visit.