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Top Choice Armenian in Gyumri

Cherkezi Dzor

Popular with Russian officers from the nearby army base, this restaurant is a great summer choice. Seating is in open pavilions surrounding the fish pools where your dinner will be caught to order. Those in the know…
Monastery in Goshavank

Goshavank

Founded in 1188 by the saintly Armenian cleric Mkhitar Gosh, who was buried in a little chapel overlooking the main complex, this monastery features a main church (Surp Astvatsatsin), smaller churches to St Gregory …
Monastery in Haghartsin

Haghartsin Monastery

Hidden in a verdant valley 13km northeast of Dilijan, Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles’) was built between the 10th and 13th centuries and has three churches: one named for Gregory the Illuminator; another for the V…
Monastery in Harichavank

Harichavank

Once the summer residence of the Catholicos of Echmiadzin, the still-functioning Harichavank Monastery is located in the old town of Harich, about 4km from the town of Artik. Its chapel dates from the 7th or 8th cen…
Monastery in Sevan

Sevanavank

A pagan temple once occupied this elevated site overlooking the lake, but was replaced by a now-ruined church in the 4th century. Two further churches, Surp Astvatsatsin and Surp Arakelots (aka Surp Karapet), were b…
Monastery in Gyumri

Marmashen

Marmashen's location deep in a river valley 10km northwest of Gyumri is unusual – medieval monasteries in Armenia were almost always constructed in elevated locations. There are three churches hewn from lovely apric…
Monastery in Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery

Occupying a commanding position overlooking the gorge, this monastery has atmosphere and architectural splendour in spades. Founded around 966 by Queen Khosrvanuch, who funded construction of the domed Surp Nishan (…
Monastery in Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin is packed with ancient graves, darkened chapels and medieval study halls. The inner sanctum of the cross-shaped Surp Astvatsatsin Church (Holy Mother of God Church) is the oldest structure, dating back to 93…
Fortress in Stepanavan & Around

Lori Berd

Sitting on a promontory between the gorges of the Dzoragets and Miskhana Rivers, this ruined fortress has huge round towers and massive stone blocks along its exposed side. Originally the base of David Anhogin (949–…
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…