Southern Armenia attractions

Monastery in Noravank


Founded by Bishop Hovhannes in 1105 and sensitively renovated in the 1990s, Noravank (New Monastery) is one of the most spectacular sites in Armenia and should be included on every visitor's itinerary. Around sunset…
Monastery in Pokr Vedi

Khor Virap Monastery

The buildings here have been repeatedly rebuilt since the 6th century. Legend tells us that the pagan King Trdat III imprisoned St Gregory the Illuminator (Surp Grigor Lusavorich) here for around 12 years. These day…
Monastery in Tatev

Tatev Monastery

Perched on the edge of a rocky canyon, the monastery at Tatev has jaw-dropping views over to the peaks of Karabakh. The bishops of Syunik built its main church, Surp Poghos-Petros (St Paul and St Peter), in the 9th …
Monastery in Yeghegnadzor

Spitakavor Monastery

Only accessible by foot or 4WD, this 14th-century monastery was built on the site of a 5th-century basilica and has a church, gavit and bell tower. The exterior of the church features some unusual carving.
Winery in Areni

Hin Areni Wine Factory

Prominently located on the main highway, Hin Areni is a professional outfit that produces a quaffable red using Areni grapes and a dry white using voskehat (golden seed) grapes; both varieties are grown in nearby vi…
Monastery in Yeghegnadzor

Tanahati Monastery

The impressive main church at this monastery was dedicated St Stepanos (Stephen) and was built in the 13th century on the site of a ruined 8th-century monastery. There are significant stone reliefs of animals on the…
Church in Areni

Surp Astvatsatsin Church

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 exter…
Museum in Yeghegnadzor

Museum of Gladzor University

The village of Vernashen, 5km uphill from Yeghegnadzor, is home to this museum housed in the decommissioned 17th-century church of Surp Hagop. It has displays on monasteries across the country, plus old manuscripts …
Museum in Goris

Museum of Axel Bakounts

This pretty villa with its stone walls, timber veranda and courtyard garden was the home of writer Axel Bakounts (or Bakunts), who died in Stalin’s 1937 purges. It features his personal effects and furnishings from …
Park in Sisian

Sculpture Park

The sculpture park in town one block from Sisakan St displays stone carvings from different millennia, including sarcophagi, phallus stones, ram stones and megaliths. You can spot the evolution of the pagan khachkar…