Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor is located in Kotayk region and in the northern part of capital Yerevan. It is considered to be one of the main spa towns and the most popular health resorts in Armenia in Republic. The city is located 3 kilometers east of the administrative center Hrazdan. The town is situated on the slope of Mount Teghenis, surrounded by the Tsaghkunyats mountain chain from the west, at a height of 1841 meters above sea level. Tsaghkadzor has a mild climate in summers, while winters are cold and snowy.

The name of Tsaghkadzor means valley of flowers, mainly associated with the name of Tsaghkunyats Mountains. In the 3rd century, the city was known as Tsaghkunyats Dzor. In the 11th century, the town was called Kecharis which was derived from the Kecharis Principality. During the 17th century, the towns were called Darachichak. In 1947, it was renamed Tsaghkadzor and in 1958, got the status of an urban-type settlement.

Though this city was a small residence nowadays It is the most visited destination of Armenians and the tourists. It is the favorite place for travelers, especially for winter sports lovers, it offers cableway with the equipment and snowy slopes of Teghenis mountain. Every year a lot of professional sportsmen, as well as amateurs, visit this small city where is always full of people. Here you can find many comfortable hotels, resort houses, and cottages.

The most popular place in this city is the Kecharis Monastery; which is considered to be a well-preserved example of Armenian architecture. It was founded at the beginning of the 11th century which is beautiful especially at night when the lights turn on. The city also has a cultural palace and a public library. The House-museum of Brothers Orbeli was built in honor of the Armenian scientists Ruben, Levon and Joseph Orbeli who were born here.

The valley of flowers has highly developed tourism in Armenia Here you can find many luxurious hotels, resorts, and amusement facilities. The most famous ski resort is located above the town, at a height of 1750 meters above sea level. The cableway lifts are operated by the Leitner Group. Initially, there were 3 lifts stretching from the mountains foot (1969 meters) till the peak (2819 meters high).In 2006 was added the 4th lift, stretching from the end of the first stage towards an opposite hilltop. Besides the lifts, the resort offers ski and snowboard for a rent with professional skiing instructors. The skiing season starts in December and finishes in March.

Tsaghkadzor is the second after Yerevan with the largest number of hotels. The famous hotels of the city are he Marriott Tsaghkadzor Hotel, Multi Rest House Hotel, Golden Palace Resort and Spa, Ararat Resort Tsaghkadzor, Best Western Alva Hotel and Spa, and the Tsaghkadzor General Sports Complex Hotel.

In fact, the city hosted the FIDE World Team Chess Championship between 18 and 29 April 2015. Also, The Olympic complex hosts the annual competition of the "Best Sports Family". The day of Tsaghkadzor is celebrated on October 3.


Sights

Kecharis Monastery

Kecharis is medieval monastery complex located in Tsaghkadzor town, Kotayk region. The monastery is the spiritual and cultural center of Kotayk region.

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