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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–…
Forest in Stepanavan & Around

Stepanavan Dendropark

This cool and tranquil 35-hectare arboretum 11km south of Stepanavan was established in the 1930s and has a vast array of conifers and deciduous trees. It’s especially popular in May when locals with respiratory pro…
Museum in Stepanavan & Around

Stepan Shahumian Museum

This Soviet-era edifice was constructed in the 1970s on the site of the modest timber home of Stepan Shahumian and his wife Ekaterina Ter-Grigoryan, and the architects chose to preserve and display the house in the …
Monastery in Stepanavan & Around

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. Standing inside the gorge on the southern side of the canyon…
Armenian in Stepanavan & Around

Slobodka Restaurant

The chef at this recently opened restaurant behind the museum doesn't speak any English but she is happy to show guests what's in the refrigerator and on the stove. Khoravats and dolma are the staples, and they're b…
Armenian in Stepanavan & Around

Hekyat Restaurant

Located just before the entrance to the Dendropark, this restaurant serves a limited menu of Armenian staples and also offers a few hotel-style rooms.