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Gegharkunik - GO TRAVEL

Area: 5.388 km2
Administrative centre:
Distance from Yerevan to Gavar:
92 km. 

Gegharkunik Province is located in the eastern part of Armenia at the foot of the Gegham Mountains. Gegharkunik region is rich in fortresses, castles, cuneiforms of Urartian times. The most important monuments are Sevanavank Monastery, the monastery complex Hayravank (IX-XIII centuries).

Lake Sevan is a true wonder and one of the high-altitude lakes in the world; it is 1900 m above the sea level and is the largest lake in Caucasus. The most delicious fish of Sevan is trout or “Ishkhan” as locals call it. There is a special trout farm where the fish is grown for Armenian cuisine gourmet meals. Sevan possesses unique charm, turquoise water, clear sky, breathtaking landscapes and numerous temples will stay in the memories of the visitors for a long time.

Sevan  Sevan2  Sevan3


Hayravank is a 9-12th century Armenian monastery built from black stones.  The facades are simply cross- shaped and covered with various c carvings. In the surroundings of the temple many dwellings were discovered, among them the oldest one is the black vessel, which belongs to early bronze period. Most interesting discoveries, such as golden and stone weapons, tools, colorful iron items, various vessels, fireplaces and others refer to iron period.

Hayravank  Hayravank2  


Noraduz is located on the shore of Lake Sevan close to Hayrivanq . Nuraduz is famous for its numerous cross-stones or as locals call them- khachkars.  More than 900 khachkars of different styles and periods are located in here and due to its big collections of cross-stones; today Nuraduz is one of the most visited sites of Gegharkunik region. Most interesting thing about these khachkars is their appearance – solar disk is under the cross, while the rest of the cross stone is covered with carvings of  grapes, pomegranates or abstract patterns.  The majority of these khachkars were carved in 13-17th centuries, some even in 7th century.

Noraduz  Noradus1  Noradus2

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