The ‘‘Zarni-Parni‘‘ cave castle complex is located in a picturesque forest canyon with a delightful panorama view of the Kayan fortress not far from the village of Haghpat renowned for its unique monastery complex in the Province of Lori. The historical complex consists of the ‘’Zarni er’’ and‘’Parni er’’ castles embodying the strong will and persistence of the participants of the Armenian national liberation struggle, as well as the ‘’Tsak er’’ cave.
According to some historical records the XI-XIIc. great scholar and philosopher Hovhannes Imastaser lived and worked in this cave. These historical monuments had been buried under thick layers of soil and dense forest vegetation. After restoring the road leading to the cave, the area was cleaned up and stone steps were carved up to the ‘’Parni er’’ castle. The completely restored area was made into a historical museum that features hundreds of unique exhibits, agricultural tools and equipment, including wooden ploughs, yokes, household items, kitchenware, pitchers, large wine jars and a great number of other articles representing the culture and daily life of the local people. The area of the complex has been made into an exceptional cultural setting tastefully combining the old with the new. The complex houses traditional vineyards, a winery and a tavern. Visitors can enjoy Armenian national dishes and world famous as well as local wines, try out archery and crossbow shooting, play darts and chess, watch national games and buy souvenirs. If you want to enjoy the star-studded night sky and recharge yourself with positive energy, you can visit the complex at night and spend some unforgettable time by the fire at the observation deck.
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A bottle of spring water included.
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Things to know
- The cost of the tour will depend on the number of people as well as the season, and both group tours and individual tours are available.
- In the program of the first and last days of the tour, changes may take places, based on the time of arrival and departure.
- Upon request, we can make any changes to the proposed program and we shall do our best to meet all your preferences, requirements and demands
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