Armenia — North of Yerevan (Dilijan and Vanadzor)

My last day in Armenia begins in Dilijan. The town has preserved houses in it dating back to the 18th century along with another monument celebrating 50 years of Soviet Armenia, which has become the symbol of the town. On the way to Vanadzor there is a Molokan village. Molokans are sectarian Christians who refused to obey the Russian Orthodox Church, beginning in the 1600s. In Vanadzor, a visit to its Black Church to witness a few moments of Sunday services.

Then on to Haghpat Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its striking ecclesiastical architecture. The monastery is perched on the lip of the Debed Canyon and was founded around 976 by Queen Khosrvanuch. This is my last stop in Armenia where I take my last Armenian photos.

Photos taken May 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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