About the Area

Vanadzor, Armenia’s third largest city was also known as Kirovakan during the Soviet Period. Vanadzor is located in the picturesque Lori Region which is in North East Armenia and borders on Georgia. Vanadzor is easily reached by car and is located approximately 120 km from Yerevan on excellent roads. The Lori Region is picturesque and many proclaim that Lori is the most beautiful region in Armenia. Streams and rivers converge through mountain passes greatly contributing to a visitor’s experience.

The Lori Region is home to many significant historical and religious sites, many recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage List. The picturesque city of Dilijan, known as the Swiss Alps of Armenia, greets visitors in Lori with its hilly landscape and rich foliage and charm. Famous Churches of Goshavank and Haghartsin and monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat, where Sayat Nova and others taught are located on hill tops with breathtaking views. The mountain top plateau community of Odzun is home to a magnificent 7th century cathedral, which was recently reopened and is now a working Church. A 12th Century foot bridge crosses the Debed River in the city of Alaverdi and can be crossed by visitors today.

Culture and art has thrived throughout the centuries in Lori thus earning its place as Armenia’s cultural center. The famous poet, Hovanes Toumanyan lived in the village named after him and a museum in his honor is open to visitors. Scores of well-known artists, sculptures and artisans have made the Lori Region their home over the centuries. Excellent examples of their work can be found in the collection of the Vanadzor Museum of Fine Arts.