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One Of The Impregnable Fortresses Of Medieval Armenia Tour

One Of The Impregnable Fortresses Of Medieval Armenia Tour Packages
Country: Armenia
City: Aragatsotn Region
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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One Of The Impregnable Fortresses Of Medieval Armenia

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Yerevan / Ashtarak / The Church of Karmravour

Ashtarak (meaning "Tower" in Armenian) is the administrative capital of the Aragatsotn region, spread out in and above the gorge of the Kasagh River. The city is endowed with old churches, interesting museums, and some ambitious restaurant/hotel/casino complexes suitable for lengthy carouses. The town of Ashtarak has the little church of Karmravor, a cute ancient little red tile roof church, photos of which usually look like a watercolor painting (look at the above church). With an old bridge and other old churches, Ashtarak is a very pleasant town to explore.

Day 3: Saghmossavank

Saghmossavank. Saghmosavank Monastery was founded in 1215 when prince Vache Vachyutian ordered to erect there the temple of Surb Zion (Holy Zion). Later the temple acquired extensions from the western and southern sides – the vestibule (1250), the book-depository (1255), the church of St. Astvatsatsin (1235).

Like the Hovhannavank monastery which is five kilometers south, Saghmosavank is situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river. Their silhouettes dominate the adjacent villages and rise sharply against the background of the mountains crowned by Mount Aragats.

Day 4: Fortress of Amberd

Fortress of Amberd. Amberd is a fortress complex with a church built on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level in the XI-XIII centuries. The road leading up to it on Mt. Aragats is virtually uninhabited and has gently sloping hills with the occasional shepherd and beekeeper. many wildflowers and great views. Amberd is a tall fortress built on a rise in between two streams. The church, built-in 1026 by the architect Vagram Pakhlavuni, is slightly down the hill from the fortress, nearer to where the two streams join.

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home.

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