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Top Choice Monastery in Northwest Karabakh

Gandzasar Monastery

Probably the most important structure in Karabakh, the Gandzasar Monastery signifies the millennia-old Armenian presence in Karabakh to locals. Dating from the 5th century, the monastery is centred on the church of …
Top Choice Monastery in Northwest Karabakh

Dadivank Monastery

This overgrown masterpiece has a bell tower, fine khachkars and monastic cells around the main 13th-century Surp Dadi church. Watch out for holes into underground cisterns and chambers as you walk around. The prince…
Top Choice Armenian in Stepanakert

Ureni

This is the best option in Stepanakert, with friendly staff and a charming garden setting. The menu encompasses Karabakhti dishes such as tanov apur (a soup made from yoghurt and sour cream), as well as more general…
Museum in Stepanakert

Museum of Fallen Soldiers

This extremely disturbing and sad museum honours those who died in battle during the 1990–94 war with Azerbaijan. The walls are lined with thousands of photographs of soldiers killed in action and there are displays…
Village in Northwest Karabakh

Vank

Vank is unlike any other village in Karabakh – if not the world – thanks to the patronage of native son Levon Hairapetian. The Moscow-based lumber baron has funded the large-scale redevelopment of the town, includin…
Ruins in Northeast Karabakh

Tigranakert

Tigranakert is one of the four cities founded by Tigran the Great, but the only one known to historians today. It was founded in the 1st century BC, and vanished from history in the 14th. Archaeologists are uncoveri…
Monastery in Nagorno-Karabakh

Amaras Monastery

Founded by St Gregory the Illuminator and completed by his grandson, Bishop Grigoris, the Amaras Monastery dates from the 5th century. It's a hugely important place for Armenian culture, as at the same time the crea…
Cave in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azokh Cave

The extraordinary Azokh cave, not far from the village of Azokh, is 14km south of Karmir Shuka (also known as Krasny Bazar). About 200m before the village, look for the trail to the right that leads uphill to the ca…
Museum in Shushi

Shushi History Museum

Housed in an impressive old stone mansion, Shushi's Museum holds an excellent collection of local artefacts. English-language descriptions of the exhibits help to make sense of it all, but to get a better understand…
Museum in Stepanakert

Artsakh State Museum

This rather dry museum nevertheless contains many interesting local artifacts, most of which can be better understood by taking a free English-language tour. Downstairs there's lots of taxidermy, archeological finds…