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Syuniq
 
Syunik

In Armenia’s far south, you will find Syunik, a province that is considered to be one of the country’s most alluring and dramatic.  Famous monasteries, caves, and other natural wonders dot the landscape of Syunik.

Administrative Center:  Kapan

Highlights:  Goris, Zangezur Sanctuary, Tatev Monastery and the Wings of Tatev (world’s longest cable car), Shikahogh State Reserve, Shaki Waterfall, Arevik National Park, Zorats Karer, Melik Tangi Bridge, Vorotnavank Monastic Complex

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Syuniq
 
Aragatsotn

Famous for its milk, cheese, and dried fruits production, Aragatsotn is one of the biggest agricultural regions in Armenia. It is also home to Armenia’s tallest mountain, Mt. Aragats, and several other natural wonders and historic structures.

Administrative Center:  Ashtarak

Highlights:  Byurakan Observatory, Mt. Aragats, Armenian Alphabet Monument, Amberd Fortress, Saghmosavank Monastery, Tegher Monastery, Kasakh Waterfall, Vahramashen Church

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Syuniq
 
Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)

Formerly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, Artsakh is a de facto, independent country in the South Caucasus. With a mild and temperate climate and an abundance of lush forests and mountains, Artsakh attracts wildlife and nature lovers from all over.

Administrative Center:  Stepanakert

Highlights:  Stepanakert, "We Are Our Mountains" Monument, Mount Mrav, Amaras Monastery, Shushi, Dadivank Monastery, Gandzasar Cathedral, Tigranakert, Janapur Trail

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Yerevan
 
Yerevan

The heart of Armenia and a city older than Rome, Yerevan is known for its sidewalk cafes, friendly residents, and the pink hue the city gives off during certain hours of the day. Peruse the streets of Yerevan and you’ll easily fall in love with the city- especially if you’re able to catch a view of Mount Ararat from it while there.

Highlights:  Republic Square, Cascades, Mother Armenia, Saryan Street, Matenadaran, Tsitsernakaberd (Armenian Genocide Memorial), Vernissage, Blue Mosque, Yerevan Opera Theatre, Hrazdan Gorge, Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, GUM Market, Erebuni Fortress, Karen Demirchyan Complex, Kond District (Old Yerevan)

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Vayoc dzor
 
Vayots Dzor

Armenia’s most sparsely populated province, Vayots Dzor is known for its natural appeal as well as its historical and present-day wine importance. Famous Noravank Monastery is located in Vayots Dzor as well as the Areni-1 Cave Complex, the oldest known winery in the world.

Administrative Center:  Yeghegnadzor

Highlights:  Noravank Monastery, Areni-1 Cave Complex, Jermuk, Yeghegnadzor, Vayk Mountain Range, Tanahat Monastery, Malishka, Spitakavor Monastery, Smbataberd Fortress, Areni Church, Orbelian's Caravanserai

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Tavush
 
Tavush

Tavush is an extremely green region in Armenia and is home to mountains, lush forests, and dazzling lakes. Dilijan, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Armenia” is located in Tavush and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Administrative Center:  Ijevan

Highlights:  Dilijan National Park, Ijevan, Kenats Mountains, Lake Gosh, Yell Extreme Park, Apaga Resort, Lake Parz, Haghartsin Monastery, Goshavank Monastery, Noyemberyan, Berdavan Fortress, Achajur

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Tavush
 
Shirak

The Shirak province is located in northwestern Armenia and offers a variety of landscapes from semi-desert to high alpine. Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri, is located in Shirak and the region is notable for containing a lot of traditional Armenian architecture.

Administrative Center:  Gyumri

Highlights:  Gyumri, Arpi Lake, Marmarashen Monastery, Sev Berd (Black Fortress), Saint Paul and Peter Church of Bardzrashen, Vahramaberd Fortress, Akhurian River, Shirak Plain, Trchkan Waterfall

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Lori
 
Lori

Renowned for being the ‘Green Province’ of Armenia, Lori is located in the north of the country and is home to several natural wonders, dendroparks, and important cities. Lori is also where you can find Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Administrative Center:  Vanadzor

Highlights:  Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin Monastery, Vanadzor, Akhtala Monastery, Dsegh, Debed, Odzun Church, Stepanavan Dendropark, Trchkan Waterfall

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Kotayk
 
Kotayk

Situated near Yerevan, the Kotayk province is brimming with undiscovered nature and some of Armenia’s most important historic places. From the pagan Garni Temple to skiing at Tsaghkadzor, you can find a mix of everything in Kotayk.

Administrative Center:  Hrazdan

Highlights:  Tsaghkadzor, Garni Temple, Bjni Fortress, Geghard Monastery, Aghveran Resort, Arzni, Kecharis Monastery, Hrazdan, Lake Akna, Azat Reservoir

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Gegharkunik
 
Gegharkunik

Armenia’s largest province by size, Gegharkunik is extremely rich with nature as it is home to the the largest lake in the Caucasus, Lake Sevan. It is also known for beer and cheese production and gold mining.

Administrative Center:  Gavar

Highlights:   Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery, Makenyats Vank, Hayravank, Berdkunk Fortress, Noratus Cemetery, Mount Azhdahak Petroglyphs

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Armavir
 
Armavir

Another agricultural-forward province, ancient Armavir is also home to Armenia’s ‘Holy City’, Etchmiadzin, where several UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located. Armavir is also home to Zvartnots International Airport - your gateway to beautiful Armenia.

Administrative Center:  Armavir

Highlights:   Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Zvartnots Cathedral, Vordan Karmir Sanctuary, Aknalich Lake, Musa Dagh Resistance Memorial, Sardarapat Battle Memorial, Saint Gayane Church, Saint Hripsime Church

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Ararat
 
Ararat

The Ararat province is one of Armenia’s most industrial regions and specializes in the production of brandy, wine, food, and more. It is also Armenia’s agricultural heartland and home to one of the most awe-inspiring views in the world - Khor Virap.

Administrative Center:  Artashat

Highlights:   Khor Virap, Kakavaberd Fortress, Dvin, Khosrov Forest State Reserve, Mt. Kotuts, Yerakh Mountains, Spitakasar, Vishapasar, Aghjots Monastery

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