We’ll have breakfast in nature, which will be a positive start. Then we’re heading to Dadivank Monastery.
The architectural complex of Dadivank is located at an altitude of 1100 meters on the slope of a wooded mountain. Dadivank Monastery, built in the I century, is an evidence of the fact, that Christianity came to the Armenian land still in the I century. The monastery was founded in the I century on the grave of St. Dadi, who was the disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle. St. Dadi spread Christianity and sacrificed his life for his faith on this holy place. Dadivank is also famous for its delicately carved khachkars (cross – stones).
Then we’ll drive down to the Tutkhun River Gorge by Jeeps through the roundabout. Right behind the roundabout we’ll see an iron bridge. A little further we’ll see a tunnel, in the middle of which is built a small branch with access to the river Tartar. Reaching the gorge, admiring the picturesque scenery, we understand that it worth the difficult rocky way we’ve passed. The valley of the Tutkhun River is not densely populated, and the upper parts are completely uninhabited. The canyon is very high, the banks of the river merge with the wooded slopes. We’ll have dinner in the very gorge, enjoying the beauty of nature.
Further on we’re heading to Zuar. This is the largest village of the gorge, stretched along the river. The main sight of Zuar is the hotspring “Taq jur” (arm. – hot water). This is a huge crater, with the diameter of several meters, from the subsoil of which noisily splashes hot mineral water. This hot tub is a true miracle of nature.
After relaxing and energizing we’ll settle here comfortably, as we’re spending the night here.