Kotayk

Most popular tourist destinations, Garni (pagan temple) and UNESCO world heritage site Geghard (meaning “lance” that used to pierce the body of Christ) distinguish the marz.  “Kotayk” brewery, once satisfying the beer demand in Caucuses, now in partnership French group Castel is a leader in the market. Tsaghkadzor (“the flowers valley”) is a well-known ski resort that attracts lots of visitors wintertime.

Sights of Kotayk

Temple of Garni

The temple of Garni is one of the most significant architectural sights in Armenia. This is a pagan temple, dedicated to Mihr – the god of Sun, heavenly light and justice. It’s situated in 28 k from the capital of Armenia, near the Garni Village, on a triangular cliff, rising above the Azat River gorge.
The only memorial in Armenia, which remained from the era of paganism, the temple of Garni, was built in the second half of the first century AD by the Armenian Arsacid king Tiridates I and was dedicated to the sun god Mihr, whose figure was standing in the depths of the sanctuary. The fortress of Garni is one of the clearest evidences of the centuries-old culture of pre-Christian Armenia. Its construction began in the II century BC and continued during ancient times and, partly, in the Middle Ages.

Monastery of Geghard

Medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kecharis Monastery

Medieval Armenain monastic complex dating back to the 11th to 13th centuries, located 60 km from Yerevan, in the ski resort town of Tsakhkadzor in Armenia. Nestled in the Bambak mountains, Kecharis was founded by a Pahlavuni prince in the 11th century, and construction continued until the middle of the 13th century

Havuts Tar

is an 11th to 13th century walled monastery, situated upon a promontory along the Azat River Valley across from the villages of Goght and Garni in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. It is easily reached via the Khosrov State Reserve (which it is situated within), located across the Garni Gorge.