Most secret places in Armenia

Igor Shaversky

Igor Shaversky

Old monasteries, fairytale fortresses, dramatic mountains – and history full of mysterious legends and tales. Modern Armenia still holds a lot of unexplored secrets. In our short travels we discovered only some of the stunning hidden spots across the country – but we are sure there are many more to uncover.

Most secret places in Armenia

  1. Karahunge, or Armenian Stonehenge, was undiscovered for centuries. Even today the site with 204 stones is mostly neglected by tourists. Its scientific significance though cannot be undermined enough: current dating suggests Karahunge might predate the world-famous Stonehenge, being the world’s oldest astronomical observatory.

Karahunge - one of the 7 most secret places in Armenia and one of the most beautiful Armenia sights

  1. Unknown to foreign tourists small settlement of Goris boasts quite a few architectural wonders, from forts to towers and pyramids. Best of all – the mysterious rock forest around the settlement. Rocky hurdles with sharp peaks rise into the sky from green forest basin. Somewhere in between hide the small local houses.

Old settlement of Goris - one of 7 most secret tourist spots in Armenia and one of the most beautiful Armenia sights

  1. Khndzoresk, old cave village, lies close to Goris. Even today you can surprisingly find some of the medieval cave dwellings being inhabited. This one – home of the local artist.

Medieval cave dwellings next to Goris - one of the most secret tourist spots in Armenia

  1. Wings of Tatev might be the best-kept secret in Armenia. It is included in the Guinness World Records as the longest non-stop double track cable car – but that does not give even closely enough credit for the stunning views you can enjoy on the ride.

Wings of Tatev - one of the most secret spots in Armenia and one of the most beautiful Armenia sights

  1. On the way to Tatev – numerous places to admire the breathtaking landscapes with dramatic mountain views and endless miles of green forests. Stunning scenery is arguably the best of Armenia sights.

Most secret spots in Armenia

  1. Many of the monasteries and houses in the region are abandoned today. Hidden in the lush greenery of Vorotan valley they quietly hold the secrets of previous owners, providing endless opportunities to wander and explore.

One of 7 most secret spots in Armenia

  1. Secret rooms of Geghard Monastery, entirely dug out of the cliff rocks, carry you to the world of mysterious past. Getting lost in the maze of caves, rooms and chapels might be the most rewarding experience in Armenia – for moments it feels like you have been transported to a different, surreal, realm.

Geghard monastery - one of the most secret sights in Armenia and one of the most beautiful Armenia sights

 

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