Northern Armenia

Northern Armenia includes the 3 northernmost provinces of Armenia. The western part of this region is arid, while the central and eastern parts are often lush and green, with much of Armenia’s forests. The Debed river canyon is particularly beautiful and rich in monuments, along with the rolling hills of the remote Shamshadin, centered around Berd, and Dilijan-Ijevan.

Haghartsin Monastery

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Northern Armenia, as defined here, includes Shirak, Lori and Tavush Marzes.

Map of Northern Armenia

Marmashen Monastery
  • 41.100144.65961 Alaverdi. The town itself has little to offer of historic value, but there several beautiful monasteries in the vicinity of it: Sanahin Monastery, Haghpat Monastery.  
  • 40.884345.39161 Berd. The surrounding region is a hiker’s and biker’s paradise.  
  • 40.74144.86491 Dilijan. Center of Armenia’s “Little Switzerland” area, and very popular place for locals to get away from the city.  
  • 40.786843.84251 Gyumri. Armenia’s 2nd largest city which once dwarfed Yerevan. Small old town area still shows earthquake damage from 1988.  
  • 40.882245.14521 Ijevan. With Makaravank Monastery nearby.  
  • 41.172544.99641 Noyemberyan. Small town near the border with Georgia, featuring 2 small nearby monasteries.  
  • 41.007344.38971 Stepanavan. Famous mainly because of the ruins of the walled city of Lori, located nearby.  
  • 40.813344.48361 Vanadzor. Armenia’s 3rd largest city with Soviet industrial architecture, although it has a few nice churches.  
  • 40.831344.27081 Spitak.  

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