When planning your itinerary to Armenia, make sure to include Lori Province in your list. Located in the northern part of Armenia, Lori is the largest region of the country. With its tall mountains, lush forests, green landscapes and ancient monasteries, Lori province has a great variety of attractions in that are in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage.
Things to Do/See in Lori Province
1: Visit Sanahit and Haghpat
Visiting the historical sights of Lori is a must for travelers who enjoys history and architecture. A huge number of churches and monasteries are situated here. All these sighs are positioned very closely, so attending them throughout the day will be possible.
Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries date back to 10th century. Being included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage, they are considered to be religious, cultural and learning hubs from Middle Ages.
Haghpat comprises numerous religious sites and structures. Among them, the most well-known is the Church of St. Nshan being an essential site of Armenian architecture from Middle Ages. There you may come across various khachkars (cross stones) typical to Armenian architecture too.
Sanahin Complex has two main churches, namely St. Astvatsatsin and St. Amenaprkich Churches which are also believed to be great samples of Armenian architecture from medieval times.
2 Stepanavan: Visit Dendropark
Dendropark is famous among Armenians as Sochut. This is a beautiful and quiet vacation site popular with its botanic parks. You can take a tour in the park or go for a walk in the zoo. This is a perfect spot for those who prefer to spend their holiday with families and friends. Note that the entries of both the park and the zoo are without charge and accessible to the public. The botanic garden is extremely large and has been regarded as the leading natural forest in the territory of Caucasus. The park has a great variety of plants and species from all around the world and currently the number of garden species exceed 500.
The climate of this site is very temperate which creates the best conditions for the species to multiply and spread.