Blighted by a huge smokestack belching smoke into the valley, Alaverdi is the administrative and transport hub of this area but doesn't have much else going for it. Rows of shabby Soviet-era apartment blocks are cut into the strata by the highway and the railway line, and a half-decommissioned copper smelting plant (the source of the smoke) dominates the town's northern edge.
Tamara’s bridge, about 1km north of the bus stand, was built by order of Queen Tamar of Georgia in the 12th century. This humpbacked stone bridge was used by road traffic until 30 years ago. There are four kitten-faced lions carved on the stone railing. In summer, two outdoor cafes operate next to the bridge.