The city is located 142 km away from Yerevan, 35 km away from Dilijan. In the area of present-day Ijevan, there were former outposts that served as the intermediate trade route from Syria and Dvin to Partav in the North Caucasus. Ijevan was interesting in terms of surroundings: the city is surrounded by mountains covered with dense forests.
During Persian rule, the place was called Istibulagh, which means “hot spring” Persian. According to a historical source, the village of Caravansara was founded here in the 1780s.
The village of Caravansara is mentioned in the famous Russian writer Alexander Griboyedov’s “Travel Notes”, which is dedicated to his embassy mission to Persia. The first of the great Armenians, Sargis Hasan Jalalyan, spoke briefly about the Caravanserai in his work “Journey to My Greater Armenia”. Combining all the historical sources, we can conclude that as a settlement Caravanserai-Ijevan was probably founded in 1807.
Every year from 1985 to 1991, Ijevan hosted Armenian and foreign artists who lived and worked here for a month and a half. It was the International Sculpture Symposium that turned Ijevan into an open-air studio. You can see some sculptures now in Ijevan’s City Park.
Official website of Ijevan community
Dilijan is located on the road connecting the cities of the Tavush, Lori, and Gegharkunik regions. Dilijan has long been known as one of the most popular resort cities in Armenia due to its favorable climatic conditions. It is about 96 km away from Yerevan, 35 km from Ijevan. In ancient times, the territory of Dilijan was in the province of Varajnunik, Ayrarat province of Great Armenia. Back in the distant 4th century, Armenian kings loved to spend their holidays here. It is mentioned as a royal hunting ground. Dilijan was first mentioned in written sources in 1666, in the memoir of the famous French traveler Jean Chardin.
There are many rest houses and sanatoriums in the city. In 1958, the forests near the city became a sanctuary. The Dilijan Reserve is now one of the largest in our country. Dilijan National Park has many beautiful mountain lakes and healing mineral springs.
Official website of Dilijan community
The rich nature of Tavush and the historical and cultural monuments, as well as myths, are everywhere. Berd got its name from the Tavush fortress located here, which is also called Tslik Amram fortress. It is a medieval structure on the right bank of the Tavush River on the outskirts of Berd, Tavush region. Tavush Fortress is mentioned for the first time since the beginning of the 10th century as the residence of Ashot Yerkat. One of the specificities of the castle was that the building had its own water supply. As the fortress has been abandoned since the 14th century, the year of its foundation is not known.
The city of Berd is located 202 km away from Yerevan, 95 km from Dilijan, 50 km from Ijevan.
There are Navur, Chinchin, Tavush, Verin Karmiraghbyur, Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, Aygepar, Aygedzor, Chinari region, and numerous other villages in the Berd region, all of which are special in terms of their unique customs, stories, and warm hospitality of the locals.
Near the city, there are the ruins of the 10th century Armenian Tavush fortress, Nor Varagavank, and Khoranashat monasteries. The place stands out with the ruins of the Cyclops fortress; it dates back to the 1st millennium BC. We invite all interested guests to visit the Berd Museum, where you will be introduced not only to the history of the community but also to the history of the Tavush region.
The official website of the Berd community
185 km from Yerevan in the distance is the cradle of harmony. In the Noyemberyan Community you can enjoy the wonders of nature – dense forests, clearings and parks, as well as delicious and appetizing dishes. Tavush region is wonderful in every weather, and the abundance of natural landscapes, especially flora, will make your visit complete.
There are Baghanis, Berdavant, Lalvar, Koghb, Voskepar, Voskevan in the Noyemberyan region, a number of other villages with unique traditions, generosity typical of the region, and warm hospitality.
A unique tourist resource typical of the region are spring-monuments, where anyone can organize a day of rest with their loved ones. The churches of Koghb (6th century), Voskepar (6th-7th centuries), Ghalinjakar fortress (11th century), Mshkavank (13th century) are famous among the architectural spring-monuments.
Noyemberyan community official website
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