Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh or else known as The Republic of Artsakh is an unrecognized republic in the Caucasus. It can only be accessed through Armenia. During the period from 189 BC up to 387 AD Artsakh was the tenth province of the historical kingdom of Armenia.

The nature has been generous to this land. During the course of centuries the fast-flowing mountainous rivers of this land have formed deep canyons and picturesque valleys. Besides, an extremely rugged mountainous landscape predominates in the territory. The diverse flora and fauna, upland and foothill regions, thick forests make the whole panorama more fascinating.

 

Stepanakert

Stepanakert is the capital of the Republic of Artsakh. The monument “We and Our Mountains” welcomes visitors at the entrance to the city. The monument, also known among Armenians as “Grandmother and Grandfather” is the symbol of the land of Artsakh. Stepanakert is surrounded by mountains and woods. Though the city is not large, there are many picturesque places, small green squares and cosy courtyards. The heart of Stepanakert is the Veratsnund (Rebirth) square.

 

Shoushi

Even though the capital city is Stepanakert, the country’s cultural center is Shushi. The city, with its history of two hundred years, stands as a symbol of steadfast belief in the future of the Armenian people. Shoushi's crystal-clear mountain air, soft climate, woody surroundings and sources of medical mineral water make it one of the favorite vacation spots in the Republic of Artsakh. The dominant architectural feature of Shoushi is one of the largest Armenian churches in the world, the Church of Holy Savior, also called Ghazanchetsots.

 

Mamrot Kar Waterfall

The place is popularly known as Hovanots or Zontik. A deep water source comes out of the stone of the canyon to form a perpetually dripping waterfall in the shape of a huge mossy umbrella.  With a cave underneath the umbrella, this spectacular natural monument causes wonderment to visitors of all ages, and is a highlight of the canyon.

 

Hunot Canyon

The stunning beauty of the Hunot Canyon State Natural-Historical Reserve leaves visitors in awe.  Located on the southwest edge of the historic walled city of Shoushi, you can view the sheer 250 meter (820 foot) canyon walls soaring above the Karkar River from the vantage point of Jdrdyuz in Shoushi.  Those hiking down into the canyon will be rewarded with the discovery of waterfalls, lush forests, caves inhabited since the stone ages, the ruins of Hunot village, old stone bridges, and all of this framed by massive canyon walls with a river rushing through.

 

Gandzasar

Gandzasar is the most exquisite monastery in Karabakh, located in the north, atop the green hill which climbs above the village of VankThe church of Gandzasar was built in 1216-1238. The church was named Gandzasar for a hill which is rich in many different metal mines.

 

Dadivank Monastery

Dadivank Monastery is the largest monastic complex in Artsakh-Karabakh and one of true masterpieces of Armenian medieval architecture. Dadivank also Khutavank (in Armenian Monastery on the Hill) is an Armenian monastery in the Shahumian Region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It was built between the 9th and 13th century.

According to the legend, the monastery was founded by St. Dadi who was the disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle who spread Christianity in Eastern Armenia during the first century A.C.

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