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Museum of Armenian Genocide

Museum of Armenian Genocide

The Genocide Museum’s mission statement is rooted in the fact that understanding the Armenian Genocide…

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Noravank Canyon

Noravank Canyon

Vayots Dzor Region is famous for its wonderful landscape and numerous caves with amongst them…

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Agarak

Agarak

The Agarak settlement is “multi-layered,” showing that people lived and build here in different historical…

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Classic Winter Tour

Classic Winter Tour

 7 Days from 275 EUR

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Ski Paradise in Armenia

Ski Paradise in Armenia

8 Days from 580 EUR

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Areni St. Astvatsatsin Church

Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Church of Arnei was completed in 1321. It is located on the top of a high hill that overlooks Arpa River and the same name village in Vayots Dzor Region.

St. Astvatsatsin Church has a single drum and a conical umbrella type dome belonging to a domed-all type church. The lintel has a bas-relief depicting the Virgin Mary which together with other carvings of the church belong to the works of the legendary Momik Vardapet, who is also considered to be the architect of the church.

The vicinity of the church is rich in tombstones and khachkars. The ruins of a 13th-century royal palace are spread near the church. It was founded by lord Tarsaitch Orbelian who moved from Yegheghis to Areni at that time. Ruins of a 13th-century bridge built by Bishop Sarkis in 1265-1287 are to the northeast one kilometer. At the same location are the remains of an older bridge.

 

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