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Charents Arch

There's so much to see and do near our village of Geghadir as well as throughout the Kotayk Marz of Armenia.

On the way to Geghadir stop at the Charents Arch not for the structure itself but for the great view of Mount Ararat.

Garni Temple

After checking in at HyeLandz Eco Village Resort continue your journey to Garni Temple, built in the 1st century with breathtaking views of Garni Gorge and the surrounding mountains.

Garni Gorge

Explore the area by hiking or driving your car down into the Garni Gorge with its dramatic basalt cliffs, medieval bridge, colonies of birds and the Azat River. You can also visit the Khosrov State Forest Reserve, a quiet place of forests, hills and rivers. The ruins of Havuts Tar Monastery are within close proximity of Geghadir village.

Another site of interest is the evocative ruins of the St. Stepanos Church from the early 13th century. An addition on the west end of the church in 1207, funded by Ivaneh Zakarian and the local prince Grigor Khaghbakian, is a gavit with many inscriptions and khachkars. The monastery was sacked by the Persians in 1603, subsequently restored, despoiled again in the 18th century, and ruined permanently in Muslim-Christian clashes in 1905-6. St. Stepanos can also be reached on foot or horse (and in good weather, maybe, Jeep) from Goght (where splendid orchards of thousands of apricot and apple trees are situated), about 3 hours of stiff but highly rewarding climb.

Geghard Monastery

After getting back on the Garni road you'll continue on to one of the most unique churches in Armenia, Geghard Monastery, which has existed since the 4th century. There are many khachkars and an ancient bridge over the river behind the monastery. In the parking lot you'll want to stop to buy some of the famous Geghard gata, a round bread-like cake with honey and walnuts inside.

HyeLandz Eco Village Resort will provide you with transportation on request.

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