Dzor Dzor Chapel


Amazingly photogenic, this Unesco-listed Armenian chapel was relocated to higher ground once the nearby dam filled up. It's a hilly, sometimes snow-covered 40km from Maku; an agency taxi from the Tourist Inn will cost around US$17 return. Take care which way you point your camera as the dam is considered sensitive.

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