Stepanavan

Stepanavan is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia. It is located 139 km north of the capital Yerevan and 24 km north of the provincial centre Vanadzor, in the centre of Yerevan-Tbilisi highway. As of the 2011 census, the population of the town is 13,086. Due to its location on the shores of…

Spitak

Spitak is a town in the northern Lori Province of Armenia. It is 96 km (60 mi) north of the capital, Yerevan, and 22 km west of the provincial centre, Vanadzor. Spitak was entirely destroyed during the devastating 1988 earthquake, and it was rebuilt in a slightly different location. As of the 2011 census, the…

Alaverdi

Alaverdi is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. It is located at the only direct rail link between Armenia and Georgia. Situated at the bottom of the Debed river gorge, Alaverdi is an important commercial and industrial centre in northern Armenia.As of the 2011…

Shamlugh

Shamlugh is a small town located in Lori Province in the northeast of Armenia. It is situated on the left bank of Debed River, at a road distance of 196 km north of the capital Yerevan and 63 km north of the provincial centre Vanadzor. According to the 2011 census, the town had 700 inhabitants,…

Akhtala

Akhtala is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia, located along the Shamlugh river, on the slopes of Lalvar mountain, at a distance of 186 km north of the capital Yerevan and 62 km north of provincial centre Vanadzor. As per the 2011 census, Akhtala had a population of 2,092. The original Armenian name…

Unique festivals of Lori

Lori is host to several unique festivals which you cannot find in other parts of Armenia. Among the most interesting ones is Broccoli Festival in Gargar community and Barbeque Festival in Akhtala. ¬†These annual festivals help the local entrepreneurs to find market for their products and also draw the attention to their community. During the…

The Molokan Villages

Villages Fioletovo and Lermontovo in Lori Province are known for their Molokan communities. Molokans are a part of the Spiritual Christian Russian peasants who refused to obey the rules of the Russian Orthodox Church and also to assist in any form of military service and were exiled from Russia. During the 19th century a small…

Religious Monuments of Lori

Those who are interested in religious sites of Armenia, should definitely visit Lori region to admire the unique architectural style and intricate carvings and frescos in Surp Grigori Bardzrakash, Kobayr, Horomayri, Ardvi, Sanahin, Haghpat and Akhtala monasteries and find peace and spiritual power in distant border monasteries of Khorakert and Khuchapi. Odzun Church in Lori…

Lori- the paradise for nature lovers

Lori has 3 nature protected areas, including the Gyulagarak Sanctuary, the Margahovit Sanctuary, and the Rhododendron caucasicum Sanctuary near Aghstev river, which allure nature lovers to this greenest part of Armenia. The Stepanavan Dendropark together with Vanadzor Botanical Garden are major destinations for ecotourism lovers. In 2015 Dsegh Nature Visitor Centre was established to promote…

Husky sleigh ride coming soon in Lori

In Shahumyan community of Lori region Several complexes are being built for winter tourism. On the slopes of Mount Maimekh small lodging houses ¬†are constructed and routes for sledges are created. Here the visitors will be provided with skis, husky sleighs, snowmobiles, and various excursions will be organized. Within the framework of the project, 50…