Lernakert Village

Lernakert is a picturesque hamlet with cobble stone streets and old, though ruined, traditional stone houses. In the center of the village, stands a simple 4th century basilica devoted to St. Hovhanes Mkrtich (St. John the Baptist). Don’t leave before paying a visit to Artem Mkrtchyan, a khachkar maker, who made all the stone crosses…

Jrapi Caravanserai (11th c.)

An 11th c. Silk Road caravanserai was rebuilt by Jrapi when the Akhurian resAn 11th c. Silk Road caravanserai was rebuilt by Jrapi when the Akhurian reservoir was constructed. A “caravanserai” was a roadside inn built to shelter people, ervoir was constructed. A “caravanserai” was a roadside inn built to shelter people, goods and animals…

Horom Citadel

There is not much left to Horom Citadel. The once great fortified city is now little more than a collection of stone walls. We visited in September 2015 and spent a half-hour or so walking the ruins. With a bit of imagination it is very easy to see the ancient city. Climb to one of…

Ani

The most breathtaking view in Shirak Province is looking across the Akhurian The most breathtaking view in Shirak Province is looking across the Akhurian River gorge into Turkey at the ruins of Ani, the medieval capital of the Armenian River gorge into Turkey at the ruins of Ani, the medieval capital of the Armenian kingdom…