Area: 2,704 km2
Population: 128,609 (2011)
Tavush Region is located in the north-eastern part of Armenia. It is borders on Georgia in the north and Azerbaijan in the east. The region’s climate is mild and humid. A half part of Tavush region is covered with forests and wonderful natural monuments.
The administrative center is Ijevan, other cities are Dilijan, Berd, Noyemberyan, and Ayrum. Ijevan is surrounded by mountains and covered with thick forests. Ijevan is famous for its handmade rugs and carpets. The rugs and carpets are kept in History Museum of Armenia. If you are a wine lover, you can find here the greatest wines of Armenia. Ijevan’s wine factory is famous place in Armenia so it is your time to go and to try it.
The half of Tavush region is covered with forests and wonderful natural monuments. It is a beautiful place, especially in autumn, when the trees change their color. People compare this view with a colorful carpet.
This region is famous for its resorts and is still a lovely place for passive rest lovers. The most popular Lake in Tavush is Parz Lake; a wonderful place, where the clean and pure water reflects the sky and the forest together and makes a fascinating view.
The other important town in Tavush is Dilijan. Dilijan is a major resort town of Armenia. Dilijan National Park is another beautiful place where you can see a lot of natural and cultural monuments and healing mineral water. Near Dilijan National park you can find an ancient Monastery Haghartsin (10-13th centuries), and Goshavank Monastery (12-13th centuries).
Haghartsin Monastery complex was founded by Bagratunies, in the 10th century. It is located in Dilijan town, Tavush Region. According to historian Kirakos Gandzaketsi, the monastery was built in the 10th -13th century. The monastery complex includes four churches Saint Grigor(1244), Saint Astvatsatsin (1281), Saint Katoghike(12th century) and Saint Stephanos(1232), two courtyards, refectory, prayer halls and khachkars(cross-stones).
Goshavank is a medieval monastery complex. It is located in Gosh town (Tavush Region), at the left bank of Getik River. The previous name of the church was Nor Getik, but after the death of Mkhitar Gosh, the church was renamed Goshavank. The church was named after Mkhitar Gosh who was a famous Armenian scientist, historian, parable writer, and teacher. Once this church was remarkable religious educational and cultural center, where 25 years lived and worked Gosh.
The complex includes two churches, courtyard, two-storey writing house, bell tower, many khachkars(cross-stones). Near the monastery complex is a small domed church called Saint Gevorg. The monastery had a school and university where were kept numerous manuscript. In the school were taught foreign Armenian, Latin and Greek, Grammar, Philosophy, music, drawing and etc.
Makaravank monastery is another attraction in Tavush region, which was built in the 13th century. The main Church of the complex (1205) has a wide, bright and impressive structure. The unique sculptures of the interior walls are considered masterpieces of Armenian medieval art. The oldest Church is located in the North-Eastern part of the Main Church. The style is similar to buildings of 11-12 centuries. St. Astvatsatsin was built in 1198, there is also a small chapel, in the northern part.
Another great place in Tavush is Lastiver Cave; a fascinating place where you can see the Armenian great nature. Lastiver is a favorite place for people who love extreme tourism. At the end of the cave stands a wonderful waterfall which makes the view more marvelous place for viewers.
Tavush region is called a region full of forests. The climate here is mild and humid.
According to the calculations of 2011, 128 609 people live in Tavush region. Studies have shown that Tavush has been inhabited since the stone age. During the Tatar-Mongol invasions, the population suffered greatly, whole areas were devastated. At the beginning of the XVIII century, a significant number of people from Artsakh moved to Tavush.
Ijevan is the capital of Tavush region. It is located right in the center of the region and is surrounded by the Gugark Mountains near Aghstev River. The name of the city means hotel; this city has always served as roadside inns for foreign travelers. The legend says that King Artavasdes 1st after building the city gathered all the pretty girls and handsome boys here; they would get married and would have beautiful babies. So they say that the generation of Ijevan is very beautiful.
The popular lake in Ijevan is Spitak Jur. It is a very beautiful place and you can visit here just to have a good rest. Ijevan is famous for the rug making the city of Armenia. Here you will see the real beauty of Armenian traditional rugs and carpets. You will be able to see the making process of the rugs. If you are a wine lover, this place is for you. Here you will taste the tasteful wines of Armenia. You can be able to see the making process of the wine, taste them and also buy drinks just from the shop of the factory.
The other treasure of this city is the Botanical Garden of Ijevan. Here you will see very rare types of plants, trees, and flowers. At the center of the city is located the Central Park of Ijevan; it is a nice place where you can walk all over the park and enjoy this view. There is an Achajur village Near Ijevan where you can see Makaravank Monastery which is considered to be the historical monument of Armenian Architecture. In the forest, you can find a beautiful purple and green stone complex.
The other place that is a very popular destination for tourists is Arakelots Monastery of Kirants. This ancient monastery dates back to the 13th century. The Ijevan Sanatorium is a very popular place which is surrounded by thick forest.
The Yenoqavan village is summer resort in Tavush and has become the most visited place. Yell Extreme Park is located in Yenoqavan village; it is the first extreme park in Armenia. Here took place the first zip-line flight. A year later opened the Rope Park where you can do rope climbing exercises and zip-lines. Anyone can try these sports elements; you don’t need to have climbing techniques or physical fitness experience.
So if you are an extreme rest lover and meantime nature lover, this place is a perfect place for you, come and experience these activities and discover yourself.
Makaravank monastery is located on the slopes of Paytataph mount, in Tavush Region. It was built in the 13th century.The Makaravank Monastery in its uniqueness, richness, and diversity occupies an important place in Armenian architecture.Read More