Debed Canyon and the Dzoraget River Valley, stretching from Vanadzor to the Armenian-Georgian border, includes some of the most impressive scenery in Northern Armenia. Carved by mighty mountain rivers, the Debed canyon region features a forested valley cut by raging water and a winding road through the countryside. Home to whitewater rafting, hiking, and cycling, the unique cultural and geologic landscape have made this region a haven for adventure travelers and culture lovers alike. Following the Dzoraget to Stepanavan, surrounded by thick forests and meadows, visitors will find medieval chapels dating back to the 12th century and the alpine majesty of Lori province. Evidence of humans in the Debed Canyon area dates back to the 4th millennium BCE.
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Sanahin & Haghpat Monasteries
Often visited together due to their close proximity, this pair of UNESCO-designated monasteries lie in plain view of each other though separated by a deep crevice formed by a small tributary of the Debed canyon. Both monasteries are recognized as being amongst the best of Armenian religious architecture and were both important centers of learning. Sanahin houses some of the most valuable cross-stones which are considered among the best examples of medieval Armenian sculpture.
This fortress surrounds the historic walled city of Lori. Built between 1005-1025, it helped transform Lori into the second capital of the Tashir-Dzoraget kingdom. By 1931, residents were forced to leave and the fortress was abandoned. Today visitors can explore the fortress which houses two bathhouses and many basalt cross-stones which date back to the 11th century.
Rafting on Dzoraget River
The Dzoraget river that runs through Lori region is the only river suitable for rafting in the country. The most common route begins near the town of Stepanavan and runs through the scenic gorge which at some points are over 660 feet in depth.
This picturesque small town is perched on the Lori plateau overlooking the deep Dzoraget river gorge and surrounded by thick forests and alpine meadows. Aside from its natural beauty, Stepanavan is also known as the hometown of Stepan Shaumian, a Bolshevik revolutionary and leader of the Russian revolution in the Caucasus. In fact, the town was originally named Jalaloghli and was renamed in Shaumian’s honor by the Armenian SSR.
This city is the provincial capital of Lori and the third-largest city in Armenia. Highlights of the city include many theatres and libraries, a fine arts museum, the house-museum of writer Stepan Zoryan, and an archaeological museum which houses a collection of over 30,000 pieces and artifacts dedicated to the ethnography of the historical Gurgak region.
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