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Face to the sun 650 km
Lake Sevan (Armenian: Սևանա լիճ, Sevana lich) is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. The lake is situated in Gegharkunik Province, at an altitude of 1,900 m (6,234 ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi), which makes up 1⁄6 of Armenia’s territory. The lake itself is 1,242 km2 (480 sq mi), and the volume is 32.8 km3 (7.9 cu mi). It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the incoming water is drained by the Hrazdan River, while the remaining 90% evaporates. The lake provides some 90% of the fish and 80% of the crayfish catch of Armenia.
Sevan has significant economic, cultural, and recreational value. Its only island (now a peninsula) is home to a medieval monastery. Sevan was heavily exploited for irrigation of the Ararat plain and hydroelectric power generation during the Soviet period. Consequently, its water level decreased by around 20 m (66 ft) and its volume reduced by more than 40%. Two tunnels were later built to divert water from highland rivers, which halted its decline and its level began rising. Before human intervention dramatically changed the lake’s ecosystem, the lake was 95 m (312 ft) deep, covered an area of 1,416 km2(547 sq mi) (5% of Armenia’s entire area), and had a volume of 58.5 km3 (14.0 cu mi). The lake’s surface was at an altitude of 1,916 m (6,286 ft) above sea level.
Haghartsin (Armenian: Հաղարծին) is a 13th-century monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty. St. Astvatsatsin Church in Haghartsin (1281) is the largest building and the dominant artistic feature. The sixteen-faced dome is decorated with arches, the bases of whose columns are connected by triangular ledges and spheres, with a band around the drum’s bottom. This adds to the optical height of the dome and creates the impression that its drum is weightless. The platband of the southern portal’s architrave is framed with rows of trefoils.
The sculptural group of the church’s eastern facade differs in composition from the similar bas-reliefs of Sanahin, Haghpat, and Harich. It shows two men in monks’ attire who point with their hands at a church model and a picture of a dove with half-spread wings placed between them. The umbrella roofing of the model’s dome shows the original look of the dome of Astvatsatsin church. The figures are shown wearing different dresses — the one standing right is dressed more richly than the one standing left. The faces, with their long whiskers, luxuriant combed beards and large almond shaped eyes, are also executed in different manners. These are probably the founders of the church, the Father Superior and his assistant.
Gosh (Armenian: Գոշ) is a village located in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It is named after Mkhitar Gosh who took part in the re-building of the older monastery of Nor Ghetik during the 12th-13th centuries, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. The newly built monastery was later named Goshavank in honor of Mkhitar. Goshavank is located just off the main highway that runs through town. On a hillside west of the monastery complex sits a chapel that also serves as the tomb of Mkhitar Gosh. It was situated to overlook the monastery in which he helped build. The chapel is square in plan with a single centrally located dome above and one portal. Nearby are the ruins of what are said to be Mkhitar’s house. Stone foundations and low walls still exist.
Makaravank (Armenian: Մակարավանք) is a 10th to 13th century church complex near the Achajur village of Tavush Province, Armenia, located on the slope of Paitatap Mountain. Though the monastery is no longer used for services, the complex is well preserved. There are 4 churches, a gavit (narthex) that serves the two largest of the churches, and other buildings which served secondary roles. At one time there used to be vast settlements around Makaravank, the presence of which was of great importance for the growth of the monastery.
The oldest church of the group was built during the 10th and 11th centuries. The materials used in its construction were mostly large pieces of roughly hewn red tufa (a common Armenian building material). One of the churches, named Surb Astvatsatsin church, was built in 1198 in white stone, on the eastern side of the complex. Surb Astvatsatsin is attributed to Yovhannes. The main church was built in 1205, using pink andesite, with a red andesite gavit.
Yenokavan (Armenian: Ենոքավան); known as Krdevan until 1935, is a village and summer resort in the Tavush Province of Armenia. The village was renamed in 1935 in honor of Yenok Mkrtumian, who founded the first Communist party cell in the region. The village is a few kilometers north of the regional capital of Ijevan, close to the main highway. The canyon behind the village is lush with forest, river and has caves with interesting carvings.
|09:00||Meeting at the hotel.||14:30 – 15:30||The next direction: Haghartsin – Lake Gosh|
|09:00 – 09:30||Breakfast||15:30 – 16:30||Picnic on the shore of Lake Gosch|
|09:30 – 10:00||Briefing, acquaintance with the road||16:30 – 17:30||Movement in the following directions: Lake Ghosh -Makaravank|
|10:00||Departure||18:00 – 19:00||Next direction: Makaravank-Yenokavan|
|0:00 – 12:30||Tour in the following directions: Yerevan – Lake Sevan||19:00 – 19:30||Transfer to the hotel (Future Resort)|
|12:30 – 13:00||Coffee break||20:00 – 21:00||Dinner, free time|
|13:00 – 14:30||Movement in the following directions: Lake Sevan – Haghartsin|
|08:00 – 8:30||Breakfast, departure from the hotel, tour description||14:30 – 18:30||Movement in the following directions: Dseh – Vanadzor – Ankavan (mountain road)|
|08:30 – 13:30||Movement along the old military road in the direction of the village of Dsegh – Yenokavan – Atan – Dsegh||18:30 – 19:00||Check-in at the hotel|
|13:30||Lunch||19:00 – 22:00||Dinner, free time|
|08:00 – 09:00||Breakfast||12:30 – 14:00||Lunch in the fish restaurant at the bottom of the gorge|
|09:00 – 09:30||Departure from the hotel, description of the tour||14:00 – 15:30||Movement in the following directions: Garni – Khor Virap – Ararat Valley|
|09:30 – 12:30||Movement along the federal highway: Ankavan – Charents arch – Garni – Geghard||16:30 – 17:30||Return to Yerevan (hotel or airport)|