Author Archives: Aram Vardanyan

Hiking and Biking with Mamikon: An Adventurous Trip to Marmashen and Beyond

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I have long found Shirak to be an undeniably underrated region of Armenia. It is clean, has landscapes that go on for days, and some of the friendliest (and most humorous of people). One of the best ways to enjoy the Shirak landscapes is by joining Hiking and Biking with Mamikon for a tour from […]

Discovering an Abandoned Soviet Culture House in Shvani Dzor, Armenia

Discovering an Abandoned Soviet Culture House in Shvani Dzor, Armenia

After observing the wonderful and unique town of Meghri, we discovered even more on our journey through the southernmost part of Armenia. This time we went about 3 kilometers away to Shvani Dzor village. Disclaimer: Please note that since writing this, Shvani Dzor village is only able to be visited by Armenian nationals as there […]

Metsamor: Visiting the Nuclear Town’s Soviet Sports Complex & Culture House

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I recently had a chance to visit the city of Metsamor in Armavir province, Armenia. The purpose-built city housed the workers of the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant and their families. This guide details my experience visiting Metsamor! There are many obscure and mysterious places that were built during Soviet times that are still in existence […]

Observing Syunik’s Nature at Tanzatap Wildlife Watchpoint

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Every once in a while, you come across a person whose connection with his or her surroundings just makes you envious and unapologetically inspired. Ashot Arshakyan, the founder of Tanzatap Wildlife Watchpoint, is undoubtedly one of those people. Once I had heard about a new wildlife excursion near Tatev village, I was excited to test […]

See Yesterday’s History and Today’s Artists at the Sisian History Museum

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Sisian is one of the most prominent historical towns in Armenia. It is located in the Syunik region with a rich history dating before Christianity when the Armenian kingdom dynasty ruled for centuries. Many historical and amazing artifacts from throughout the centuries were collected in town and you can now find many of them on […]