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Lori Fortress

Lori Fortress

Taguhi Sahakyan

The city and former regional capital Stepanavan - named in honor of the great Marxist revolutionary Stepan Shahumyan - is located on a dramatic green Lori plateau beside the remarkable gorge of the Dzoraget River. Stepanavan is located 167 km from Yerevan (a similar distance from the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi) and has always been a hub between the two capitals. It is only 30 km away from Vanadzor.

Stepanavan was one of Armenia’s most famous tourist spots, where tourists from Yerevan, Tbilisi and different parts of the former Soviet Union visited. The city suffered major destruction during the Spitak Earthquake of 1988. Today we have tourists from all over the world coming and enjoying their stay in one of Armenia’s most picturesque towns. Stepanavan, (population of 24.000) is located in the centre of the Yerevan— Tbilisi highway and is a very comfortable stop for those planning to travel to Georgia from Armenia. A mountain health resort, Stepanavan is known for its pine forests that give off a strong aroma, renowned for healing patients with respiratory illnesses.


Museum of Stepan Shahumyan “Lori Berd” - a Fortress (XI century) - the capital of David Anhoghin (989-1049) of the Tashir- Dzoraget Kingdom “Dzoraget” Canyon - a place to have a nice swim and barbeque “Mayori dzor” - a beautiful cave in the canyon where marxists had their meetings “Dendropark” - botanical garden(founded in 1931) covering 35 hectares “Bager” - Post-Soviet Farms which include a hike through Dzoraget Gorge and picturesque views Lake of Kuybishev Russian church in the nearest village Amrakits (19th century) Lovers Trail


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November 25, 2008 new by tsahakyan

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