Top things to do in Debed Canyon

Monastery in Haghpat

Haghpat Monastery

Occupying a commanding position overlooking the gorge, this monastery has atmosphere and architectural splendour in spades. Founded around 976 by Queen Khosrvanuch, who funded construction of the domed Surp Nishan (…
Monastery in Debed Canyon

Akhtala Monastery

Akhtala, a small village 20km northeast of Alaverdi, has one major claim to fame: the magnificent frescoes in its 13th-century church. These include a stunning Virgin Mary in the apse, and depictions of the Last Sup…
Monastery in Alaverdi

Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin is a World Heritage site packed with ancient graves, darkened chapels and medieval study halls. The inner sanctum of the cross-shaped Surp Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God Church) is the oldest structure, da…
Monastery in Debed Canyon

Kobayr Monastery

Perched above the hamlet of Kobayr is the 12th-century monastery of the same name. The main church has some partially restored Georgian-style frescoes and a detached 13th-century bell tower. There are also three cha…
Church in Odzun

St Astvatsatsin Church

Built on the site where legend tells us St Thomas buried Christ's swaddling clothes in the 1st century, the core of St Astvatsatsin dates from the 5th century but had considerable additions in the 8th century. The c…
Museum in Alaverdi

Mikoyan Museum

This Soviet-era museum is a shrine to brothers Anastas and Artyom Mikoyan. Anastas was in charge of administering food in the USSR and survived 60 years in the Politburo, outlasting even Stalin. Artyom was the desig…
Armenian in Dsegh

Avan Dzoraget Restaurant

Few Armenian dining experiences are as pleasant as this one. Graze on your choice of an impressive array of salads and appetisers, many of which are vegetarian, or opt for a main dish such as locally caught rainbow …
Monastery in Debed Canyon

Hnevank

Travelling between Stepanavan and the Debed Canyon, one of two possible routes passes the monastery of Hnevank, located on a winding road 7km from Kurtan and 12km from Dzoraget. Standing inside the gorge on the sout…
Museum in Dsegh

Hovhannes Tumanyan House Museum

Those who have already visited the Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum in Yerevan will find this timber house where he grew up interesting, but those unfamiliar with his life and work will find the lack of English-language la…
Armenian in Alaverdi

Flora

Also called Armen's, this huge place is popular with tour groups and has a number of dining spaces inside and on the rear terraces. The set menu holds no surprises (khoravats, cheese and salad) and the quality only …