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Area: 3 789 km2

Administrative center: Vanadzor

Distance from Yerevan to Vanadzor: 125 km

Located in the north-east of Armenia, in the Armenian-Georgian border, Lori boasts off its excellent climate and breathtaking landscapes. Numerous historical and cultural sites are ready to amaze every visitor.  Lori is the birthplace of many renowned Armenians such as folk musician  Sayat Nova, poet Hovhannes Tumanyan and Soviet statesman Anastas Mikoyan.

Administrative center Vanadzor is Armenia’s third largest city. Boasting a folk and history museum and a children's art gallery Vanadzor proudly honors the people of Lori in celebrating their art and culture.

One of the most famous site in Vanadzor is Odzun -an ancient temple (VI-VII centuries)  located in the South of Alaverdi.  Odzun is an outstanding sample of ancient Armenian architecture.

The temple received its name from the Armenian word “otsel”, meaning to ordain. In this regard, the temple was referred as “Otsun” in various manuscripts.

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Another beauty and a huge cultural heritage of Armenia is Haghpat monastery (10-13 cc.), which was founded during  the  reign of Bagratuni dynasty.   The monastery was also referred as Holy Cross.  One of the peculiarities of the monastery is the holy water running through the temple.  It is believed, that this water cures people. Haghpast monastery is included in the list of  UNESCO World Heritage.   




Sanahin monastery (10th century) is a priceless treasure of Armenia and is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.   Literally translation of the word “Sanahin” means “this one is older than that one”, which is a claim to having an older monastery than the neighboring Haghpat Monastery.  Sanahin houses more than 50 khachkars and the most famous are Grigor Tudevordi, located under the northern wall of the St. Harutyun Church (1184), Sarkis (1215) khachkars. These khachkars are considered to be the finest examples of Armenian sculpture.

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The marz's center is the city of Vanadzor – the third largest in Armenia after Yerevan and Gyumri. It is situated in a unique site – the intermountain depression between the Bazum and Pambak ridges at the confluence of three rivers – the Pambak, the Tandzut, Vanadzoriget.

There is no exact evidence of the city's age except for the fact that it stands on the site of ancient settlements which were a part of Great Armenia in the 2 nd century BC. It is assumed hat in the 13 th century the city was named Karaklis which is translated (from Turkic) as ‘black church”. Until 1828 the city had had the black church which was replaced by a new one in 1831. In 1801 Lori was annexed to Russia along with Georgia, and Karaklis became a frontier city. In 1820 the city's population was only 500-600 people who had moved from Yerevan. In 1830, after East Armenia became a part of Russia, several hundreds of Armenian families who had come from western Armenia - Kars, Ardagan, Bayazetm and Erzrum settled there.

From 1849 Karaklis was a part of Yerevan province. In the 1930s it was given the city status and in1935, after the death of Kirov, the city was renamed as Kirovakan. The name Vanadzor was given to the city in 1993. The convenient geographical position and abundance of mineral waters made the city famous as popular resort.

On December 7th, 1988 there was a terrible earthquake which caused a serious damage to the city, but thanks to the patience, hard work and love of the people the city was revived. Today's Vanadzor is a beautiful modern city with wide straight streets, magnificent buildings surrounded by green gardens. It is one of the major industrial and cultural centers of Armenia.


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