Armenian Attraction Ratings

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Just how great is it?

With so many things to see in Armenia, you may be wondering just which ones to narrow it down to on this trip. Hopefully, this list will help you decide. I have visited hundreds of sites across Armenia and Karabakh, and have read every resource available to me in English. But in the end, the ratings just come down to my opinion... there is no scientific way to judge. The sites are listed by rank, on a scale of 1-100. A question mark (?) means that I have not been to the site, so I am judging based on pictures and texts. A plus next to the number means that it may be worthy of bonus points to you if you are Armenian, since they have special significance for Armenians. The GPS coordinates make finding sites infinitely easier, so if you plan on seeing much more than Garni/Geghard you should seriously consider bringing a GPS. These numbers are all quite close to the mark, unless there are question marks. You may not actually be at the front door, but you will almost always see the place you intend to visit. The coordinates are formatted the following way (since there are a few ways to do this): degrees, minutes, fraction of a minute. That means that 40 06.50 on this page equals the same thing as 40degrees 6 minutes 30 seconds. You can easily convert to seconds by multiplying the .50 by 60

Also see the list on a clickable map of Armenia's top attractions!

ARMENIA

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75 Dilijan Town - Forested resort town GPS - 40 44.37n x 044 52.09e
75 Goris Town - traditional architecture GPS - 39 30.50n x 046 20.50e
75 Tanahati Monastery (and Gladzor ruins) GPS - 39 46.83n x 045 24.02e
75 Hnevank Monastery GPS - 40 57.17n x 044 35.18e
75 S. Hripsime Church GPS - 40 10.05n x 044 18.62e
75 Kecharis Monastery GPS - 40 32.02n x 044 43.05e
75 S. Grigori Monastery GPS - 40 58.66n x 044 39.54e
75 Dashtadem Fortress - Large Fortress GPS - 40 20.37n x 043 51.43e
75 Zorakarer - Armenian Stonehenge GPS - 39 33.17n x 046 01.75e
75? Arjer Cave
70+ Sardarapat - Monument and large museum GPS - 40 05.58n x 043 56.77e
70 Garni Gorge - Magnificent Vertical Cliffs GPS - 40 06.92n x 044 44.30e
70 G'ndevank Monastery GPS - 39 45.53n x 045 36.69e
70 Jermuk Town - Hot springs resort GPS - 39 50.38n x 045 40.25e
70 Kh'ndzoresk - Valley of caves GPS - 39 30.33n x 046 26.00e
70 Noratus Cemetery - Huge Khachkar Cemetery GPS - 40 22.40n x 045 11.05e
70 Satanayi Kamurj - Land bridge & hot springs GPS - 39 23.72n x 046 15.53e
70 Sisavan Church GPS - 39 31.79n x 046 01.20e
70 Spitakavor Church GPS - 39 49.75n x 045 21.87e
70 Srveghi Monastery GPS - 40 57.92n x 045 14.64e
70 Talin Cathedral GPS - 40 23.31n x 043 52.35e
70 Tsaghkadzor Resort - Ski resort GPS - 40 32.00n x 044 42.50e
70 Yereruyk Basilica GPS - 40 26.43n x 043 36.66e
70 Zvartnots Cathedral ruins GPS - 40 09.62n x 044 20.25e
65+ Khor Virap Monastery GPS - 39 52.70n x 044 34.55e
65 Aruch Cathedral GPS - 40°17'15.08"N x 044° 4'41.88"E
65 Hovhannavank Monastery GPS - 40 20.39n x 044 23.30e
65 Makravan Monastery GPS - 40 31.46n x 044 44.18e
65 Shativank Monastery GPS - 39 50.50n x 045 19.61e
65 Shkhmuradi Monastery GPS - 40 54.87n x 045 18.14e
65 Teghenyats Monastery GPS - 40 29.03n x 044 31.46e
65 Vorotnavank Monastery GPS - 39°29'44"N x 46° 7'20"E
65 Yeghvard Church GPS - 40°19'11"N x 44°28'51"E
65 Zorats Church GPS - 39°52'13"N x 45°22'2"E
60 Arakelots Monastery GPS - 41 02.00n x 045 04.28e
60 Garnahovit Church GPS - 40 29.83n x 043 57.38e
60 S. Karapet Monastery GPS - 39 50.65n x 044 54.29e
60 Karmravor Church GPS - 40 17.98n x 044 21.93e
60 Baghaberd Fortress GPS - 39 12.84n x 046 16.68e
55 Bgheno-Noravank Monastery GPS - 39 23.29n x 046 21.62e
55 Ptghni Church GPS - 40°15'21.83"N x 44°34'55.37"E
50 Arates Monastery
50 Bjni Church GPS - 40°27'38.25"N x 44°39'4.47"E
50 Garni Church
50 Kristapori Vank Church
50 Mastara Church GPS - 40°27'4.35"N x 43°53'14.03"E
50 Mshkavank Monastery GPS - 41 09.74n x 044 58.22e
50 Mughni Church GPS - 40 18.83n x 044 22.32e
50+ Oshakan Church GPS - 40 15.53n x 044 18.90e
50 Sevanavank Monastery GPS - 40 33.83n x 045 00.65e
50 Yeritsavank Monastery GPS - 39 16.83n x 046 29.08?
50 Kaptavank Monastery GPS - 40 53.00n x 045 18.75e
50 Kotrats Caravanserai - Silk Road Caravanserai
50 Mt. Aragats - Armenia's highest peak
45 Dendro Park - Botanic gardens GPS - 40 56.17n x 044 28.85e
40 Areni Church GPS - 39°43'22.05"N x 45°11'31.61"E
40 Parz Lich - Lake in forest GPS - 40 45.18n x 044 57.71e
40 Lmbatavank Church
40 Makenyats Monastery GPS - 40 07.50n x 045 36.83e
40 Vanevan Monastery GPS - 40 08.80n x 045 31.02e
40 Boloraberd Fortress on towering rock GPS - 39 49.83n x 045 22.53e
40 Byurakan Observatory - World renown observatory
40 Erebuni Fortress - Original fortress of Yerevan with museum
40 Lori Berd - Large fortress ruins GPS - 41 00.17n x 044 25.85e
40 Magil Cave - Bats, 1.7km deep tunnels
35 Artik Church GPS - 40°37'10.56"N x 43°58'28.78"E
35 Avan Church 6th Century Church GPS - 40 12.85n x 044 34.27e
35 S. Gayane Church GPS - 40 09.04n x 044 17.55e
35 Aghudi Memorial - 1,500 year old memorial GPS - 39 31.00n x 046 05.00e
30 Arkazi Church GPS - 39 46.80n x 045 25.30e
30 Ayrk Chapels
30 Makaravank-Artik Monastery
30 Martiros Cave Church GPS - 39 35.17n x 045 31.28e
30 Aghjkaghala Castle - Tiny mountaintop castle
30 Arzakan Hot Springs - Hot Mineral Springs near Yerevan GPS - 40 27.21n x 044 36.27e
30 Halidzor Fortress GPS - 39 13.09n x 046 21.12e
25 Petros and Poghos Chapels
20 Shoghakat Church
20 S. Mariane Church of Ashtarak
20 Bjhni Fortress - Fortress Ruins
20 Dvin Ruins - Ruins of previous Armenian capital GPS - 40 00.25n x 044 34.60e
20 Horom Citadel - Remains of Urartian Citadel
20? Tanahati Karmir Monastery (aka Karmir Vank)
 ? Yerablur Veterans Cemetery GPS - 40 09.62n x 044 27.23e
 ? St. Grigor Lusavorich Church of Goris GPS - 39 30.46n x 046 20.62e
 ? "Aragats" Church 1* GPS - 40 14.32n x 043 41.03e
 ? "Aragats" Church 2* GPS - 40 13.83n x 043 40.95e
x Berd Town GPS - 40 52.80n x 045 23.59e
 ? Tejharuyk Monastery GPS - 40 35.90n x 044 38.71e
add Jukhtak Monastery GPS - 40°45'29.71"N x 44°49'5.79"E
add Matosavank Monastery GPS - 40°45'0.37"N x 44°48'21.46"E
add Berdavan Castle GPS - 41°12'8.80"N x 45° 0'35.54"E
add Deghdznuti Monastery GPS - 40°59'50.40"N x 45° 1'48.00"E
15 Samsoni Monastery GPS - 40°58'17.40"N x 45° 2'6.60"E
add Kasagh Basilica GPS - 40°35'41.22"N x 44°21'26.15"E
add Ddmashen Church GPS - 40°34'7.98"N x 44°48'55.46"E
add Byurakan Church GPS - 40°20'19.16"N x 44°16'16.84"E
add Meghri Town
add Surp Sion Monastery GPS - 39°46'51.09"N x 45°32'49.41"E
add Ardvi Monastery GPS - 41° 1'11.04"N x 44°35'14.52"E

KARABAKH

100 Aghdam Town GPS - 39 59.58n x 046 56.00e
95 Dadivank Monastery GPS - 40 09.71n x 046 17.32e
95 Gandzasar Monastery GPS - 40 03.50n x 046 31.93e
85 Yerits Mankants Monastery GPS - 40 15.11n x 046 38.38e
85 G'tichavank Monastery GPS - 39 35.84n x 046 56.41e
80 Handaberd Fortress GPS - 40.227129,46.137637
75 Karvachar Hotsprings GPS - 40.042483,46.016257
75 Yeghishe Arakyel Monastery GPS - 40 20.18n x 046 41.58e
65 Jraberd Fortress GPS - 40 14.40n x 046 39.98e
65 Shushi Town GPS - 39 45.66n x 046 45.33e
55 Zuar Hotsprings GPS - 40 02.80n x 046 14.17e
50 Mayraberd-Askeran Fortress GPS - 39 56.59n x 046 49.87e
45 Tsitsernavank Church GPS - 39 38.60n x 046 24.52e
35+ Amaras Monastery GPS - 39 41.06n x 047 03.55e
35 S'khtorashen Tree GPS - 39.696945,46.948965
25 Stepanakert Town GPS - 39.817659,46.752802
unrated Tank Memorial of Shushi GPS - 39 46.57n x 046 45.11e
unrated "Ttu Jur" Mineral Water spring GPS - 39 46.20n x 046 46.23e
unrated Berdzor Church GPS - 39 37.96n x 046 32.43e
unrated Verkhiya Mosque GPS - 39 45.22n x 046 45.26e

OTHER

100 Ani - City of 1001 churches GPS - 40 30.50n x 043 34.50e
100 Aghtamar, Turkey - Island Monastery
95? Hin Jugha, Nakhichevan - destroyed by Azerbaijani government
90? Agulis, Nakhichevan - demolished by Azerbaijani government
90? Iran - St. Thaddeus Monastery
70 Venice - San Lazzaro Island
50 New York - St. Vartan
 ? Portugal - Gulbenkian Museum
 ? San Francisco - Saroyan House
 ? Istanbul -
 ? Cilicia Museum - museum of treasures from the Catholicosate in Cilicia

The two "Aragats" churches, 1km from each other on the Akhurian River overlooking the Turkish border are near the village of Aragats, one of a number of villages with that name in Armenia. One of them is hexagonal and very nice, while the other I have no info about. I am pretty sure about the coordinates, which as almost due south of the village, but the churches are not accessible without prior permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for they are behind the Russian border troop perimeter. Also, an Armenian church should be visible about 2km west, and a little north of Aragats Church 1, in Turkey. (note, this info should be move to individual pages when created)




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