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VAYOTS DZOR

Two hours away from Yerevan, on the very South or Armenia, with a territory of 2308 km is located one of the oldest Armenian region – Vayots Dzor. The region has been settled as far back as Stone Age. Region is full of history, traditions, diversity of cuisine, natural and historical heritage, among which there is large number of waterfalls, caves, castles, old bridges, monasteries, a fortress. The Wild Nature of Vayots Dzor is a home to a remarkable number of animals, and many of those are  listed in Armenian Red book.

Here you can find the unique Bezoar ibexes, Armenian endemic mouflons, stone eagles, vultures, lynxes, leopards, moreover, to enjoy the various assortment of the best Wines in the territory, and discover different options of activities/ active tourism. For centuries being on the crossroad of different cultures, the region carries  the trace of ancient medieval and modern periods.

The list of such unbelievable stories can be endless.

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Do you know, that?

Vayots Dzor has been settled 600 years ago.

Marco Polo has crossed Vayots Dzor and got excited about lifestyle of the people in this region

 According to the Bible Armenia was the first winemaking place in the world: After the Global Flood Noah was planted first grapes on the slope of the mountain of Ararat

The climate of Vayots Dzor provides sun for 300 days in the year

The 5500 old year shoe, which is the oldest one in the world,  was discovered  in the Areni cave

The oldest winery in the world is located in Vayots Dzor, which dating to 5000-5500 years ago.

Here is the oldest educational center – Gladzor monastery

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Climate and Weather Conditions

Vayots Dzor differs with its weather and climate conditions. This is the only province that has 8 climatic zone. Winter is pretty cold but not long lasted. Spring is warm, long lasted and rainy. Summer is hot, arid and, again long lasted. Stable, sunny and weather dominates and autumn days are hot yet a little cloudy. Villagers say that sun lives in Vayots Dzor  reginon for  300 days in the year

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Festivals

Festivals in Vayots Dzor

Different Festivals are taking place in Vayots Dzor every year,  giving an opportunity for tourists with different preferences to participate and enjoy Armenian traditional dishes, songs and dances.  During the Areni Wine Festival you will be able to taste and buy wines made from different fruits and sorts of grapes. Armenian traditional GATA is presented during the Gata festival.  Besides the participation, everyone is able to observe beautiful butterflies, to go hiking mountains in and enjoy traditional and national dishes around the fire, late in the evening.

Attractions

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Spitakavor St. Astvatsatsin Monastery

The church is constructed of felsite stone, a fine-grained volcanic rock that often has a white to light gray color. Spitakavor translates to “white” in Armenian. The domed hall-type church, with a cruciform interior and square exterior, contains exemplary models of relief sculptures.  At the monastery have been written numerous illuminated manuscripts. One of the…
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Tanahat Monastery

According to the historian Stepanos Orbelian dated this monastery to the 8th century.  It was cultural and spiritual center in medieval Armenia. Near the church are ruins of Gladzor University, a great center of educational learning. Visit the nearby Tanahat monastery, where the university have been located. v. Vernashen,  Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia
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Tsakhats Kat Monastery

Set in mountains foothills, 10th- century Tsakhats Kar Monastery overlooks the yeghegis River and sits in the valley across from Smbataberd fortress. The monastery consists of many buildings scattered several meters apart. v.Horbategh,  Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia
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