Vayots Dzor

“Vayots dzor” means “the Gorge of Woes”, where according to some tragic legend a wealthy prince lost all his flock.  Anyway, the gorge is beautiful and loved and visited by tourists.  Yeghegnadzor is the marz capital, while the most developed town is Jermuk, Armenia’s famous spa resort.  The one village Areni had become famous by its winery, and even more world records: in 2008 near Areni village the world oldest (5500 years old) shoe was discovered, and in the same area in 2011 the world oldest winery was excavated too.

Sights of Vayots Dzor


13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building.

Orbelian's Caravanserai

Orbelian's Caravanserai (Armenian: formerly known as Sulema Caravanserai and Selim Caravanserai, Armenian: is a caravanserai in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. It was built along the Vardenyats Mountain Pass (previously known as the Selim Mountain Pass) in 1332, by prince Chesar Orbelian to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region.


The monastery is located on the west side of the Vayk-Jermuk road on the bank of the Arpo river. The old road is blocked by landslides and the monastery is approached by walking about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the junction with the old road, after a bridge crossing


It was a popular destination during the Soviet era and nowadays is still famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfalls, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools.


Smbataberd was built in a very advantageous position on the southern end of a ridge, guarded by steep cliffs on three of its sides.