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[[Image:Meghri_town-dcp7322.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town - general view]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_town-dcp7322.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town - general view]]
[[Image:Meghri_hovhannes-dcp7336.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town's Surb Hovhanness Church's frescoes]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_astvatsatsin-dcp7303.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town's Astvatsatsin Church - exterior]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_astvatsatsin-dcp7305.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town's Astvatsatsin Church - interior fresco]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_restoredold-dcp7302.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town - restored old style building]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_alley-dcp3526.jpg|frame|right|Alley in Meghri Town]]
 
[[Image:Meghri_crumblingold-dcp7327.jpg|frame|right|Meghri Town - crumbling old style buildings]]
 
  
 
The town of '''Meghri''' (4514 p) boasts a dilapidated hotel, lots of places for thirsty truckers to buy [[vodka]] for the road, and amazing lush fruits and vegetables. The [[figs]] are particularly famous, while the yellow [[pomegranates]], if in season, are not to be missed. The setting is striking, with green gardens in the rocky desert. There is a fortress on the hills on the N and E of town, known from the 10th century but rebuilt in the early 18th c. by [[Davit Bek]]. It had four 2-story circular towers and two rectangular, but no circuit wall between them. This was the only Armenian fortress specifically designed for firearms. In [[1727]], 400 of Davit Bek's men held off many times their number of Turkish troops for 5 days, till relief troops arrived. In the Mets Tagh district below the fortress is a 17th c. Astvatsatsin church with interesting 19th c. wall paintings. In the Pokr Tagh district SW is a 17th c. S. Sargis basilica church, with battered 17th c. frescoes. Also in the SW part of town up the slope is Meghru Vank with a S. Hovhannes church (15-17th c.), also covered in wall paintings. From the roof there is an excellent view of the entire district. This area has crumbling remains of 18-19th c. houses, giving a taste of the much more beautiful pre-[[Soviet]] architecture.  
 
The town of '''Meghri''' (4514 p) boasts a dilapidated hotel, lots of places for thirsty truckers to buy [[vodka]] for the road, and amazing lush fruits and vegetables. The [[figs]] are particularly famous, while the yellow [[pomegranates]], if in season, are not to be missed. The setting is striking, with green gardens in the rocky desert. There is a fortress on the hills on the N and E of town, known from the 10th century but rebuilt in the early 18th c. by [[Davit Bek]]. It had four 2-story circular towers and two rectangular, but no circuit wall between them. This was the only Armenian fortress specifically designed for firearms. In [[1727]], 400 of Davit Bek's men held off many times their number of Turkish troops for 5 days, till relief troops arrived. In the Mets Tagh district below the fortress is a 17th c. Astvatsatsin church with interesting 19th c. wall paintings. In the Pokr Tagh district SW is a 17th c. S. Sargis basilica church, with battered 17th c. frescoes. Also in the SW part of town up the slope is Meghru Vank with a S. Hovhannes church (15-17th c.), also covered in wall paintings. From the roof there is an excellent view of the entire district. This area has crumbling remains of 18-19th c. houses, giving a taste of the much more beautiful pre-[[Soviet]] architecture.  
  
 
Source: [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook]]
 
Source: [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook]]
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==Gallery==
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<gallery>
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Image:Meghri_hovhannes-dcp7336.jpg|Meghri Town's Surb Hovhanness Church's frescoes
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Image:Meghri_astvatsatsin-dcp7303.jpg|Meghri Town's Astvatsatsin Church - exterior
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Image:Meghri_astvatsatsin-dcp7305.jpg|Meghri Town's Astvatsatsin Church - interior fresco
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Image:Meghri_restoredold-dcp7302.jpg|Meghri Town - restored old style building
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Image:Meghri_alley-dcp3526.jpg|Alley in Meghri Town
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Image:Meghri_crumblingold-dcp7327.jpg|Meghri Town - crumbling old style buildings
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</gallery>
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==Map==
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<googlemap lat="38.902322" lon="46.244245" zoom="14"></googlemap>
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Revision as of 21:09, 15 October 2010

Meghri (Arm: Մեղրի), Syunik Marz

Meghri Town - general view

The town of Meghri (4514 p) boasts a dilapidated hotel, lots of places for thirsty truckers to buy vodka for the road, and amazing lush fruits and vegetables. The figs are particularly famous, while the yellow pomegranates, if in season, are not to be missed. The setting is striking, with green gardens in the rocky desert. There is a fortress on the hills on the N and E of town, known from the 10th century but rebuilt in the early 18th c. by Davit Bek. It had four 2-story circular towers and two rectangular, but no circuit wall between them. This was the only Armenian fortress specifically designed for firearms. In 1727, 400 of Davit Bek's men held off many times their number of Turkish troops for 5 days, till relief troops arrived. In the Mets Tagh district below the fortress is a 17th c. Astvatsatsin church with interesting 19th c. wall paintings. In the Pokr Tagh district SW is a 17th c. S. Sargis basilica church, with battered 17th c. frescoes. Also in the SW part of town up the slope is Meghru Vank with a S. Hovhannes church (15-17th c.), also covered in wall paintings. From the roof there is an excellent view of the entire district. This area has crumbling remains of 18-19th c. houses, giving a taste of the much more beautiful pre-Soviet architecture.

Source: Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook

Gallery

Map

<googlemap lat="38.902322" lon="46.244245" zoom="14"></googlemap>

External links