19 Apr 2015

Lastiver, Armenia. Heaven on Earth

Tavush Province (Armenia)
Caves and Waterfalls of Lastiver

Lastiver is located in Tavush region. Most of Tavush, which is in the North-East of Armenia, is covered with forests and green zones. The region is rich in rivers. The largest is Aghstev; one of its significant tributaries - Kachaghbyur, leads to the wonderful corners of Ijevan, to Lastiver. Cave, desert, swift river, small and huge waterfalls, forest and wonderful nature. Tourists from abroad, as well as locals, choose a tour to Lastiver, come to see this awesome cave-desert. The road itself is very interesting and attractive, especially for extreme lovers. 

During Mongol invasions in XIII-XIV cc locals found their shelter exactly in this cave. The cave is located on almost flat slope of the canyon. In order to reach the cave people had to construct a ladder, made of superposed logs. The ladder reminded a raft. From then on the location has been called “Lastiver”, which is translated as “up the raft”. 

There is wonderful waterfall, noising in the bottom of the canyon. It is the inseparable part of local nature.

Map of Armenia | Tavush Province

Road to Lastiver


River Khachakhbyur

Lastiver. One of the most beautiful places in Armenia

Caves of Lastiver are located  in the valley of the river Khachakhpyur

Matosavank is small church hidden in a forested area of Dilijan National Park (Tavush Province of Armenia). It sits in close proximity to the monastery of Jukhtak Vank as well as to a nearby cemetery.
The small church of Surb Astvatsatsin of Pghndzahank was built in 1247 and actually consists of two adjoining churches. It was constructed from roughly hewn stones that have been overlaid with plaster within the interior of the building. 


Berdavan Fortress (Tavush Provinc). 10th century

The walls of the fortress are laid out in a triangular plan with ramparts linked together by eleven semi-cylindrial exterior towers that taper very little to the top and end at the same height as the walls. 

Berdavan Fortress 

Makaravank church (10th to 13th) | Tavush Province

Lake Parz («Clear Lake») is located in the Dilijan National Park | Tavush Province

Goshavank (meaning "Monastery of Gosh") is a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush Province of Armenia. 

Haghartsin is a 13th-century monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was built between the 10th and 14th centuries; much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.

Haghartsin Monastery

Dilijan is a spa town in the Tavush Province of Armenia.  It is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park.

The climate in Dilijan is cool during summer and cold with snowfalls in winter. With its Alpine climate, Dilijan is a town-resort with favorable oxygen regimen, unique landscape features and curative mineral water.

Dilijan | Tavush Province | Armenia
The Ancient Land of Armenia

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