“ARPI” NATURAL-HISTORICAL RESERVE

“ARPI” NATURAL-HISTORICAL RESERVE
Vayots Dzor Marz, Areni Village
 
Arpi Natural-Historical Reserve was established in November` 1988 by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Armenian SSR.

It is located in the administrative territory of Areni Village of Vayots Dzor Marz, in the area on South of the second kilometer of the Areni-Yeghegnadzor highway, in the Noravank Gorge. The reserve covers a total area of ​​about 200 hectares, 40 hectares of which are karst caves Bears, Mozrov, Magili and Trchni (Bird). The total length of the Gorge from North to South is 8 km. The Gnishik River originates from the Noravank Gorge, water of which gave birth the rich flora of the reserve with  its “golden stock” that encompasses about 200 endemic species.  The fauna of the Reserve is also diverse.
The greatest medieval treasure of the Arpi Natural Historical Reserve is the medieval historical-architectural complex of Noravank. It was the Seat of the Syunik Diocese in XII-XIV centuries. Reps of the Orbelyan Prince House of Syunik were very active here.

The monastery complex surrounded by higher cliffs includes St. Karapet Church, which was originally built in the IXth  century. The complex also includes St. Stepanos Church and its Courtyard (XIII c.), St.Gregory the Illuminator Mausoleum-Church (XIII century) and other monastic buildings. The crown of the Noravank monastery and the Orbelian construction works in general is fairly considered a genius work by architect Momik, –  St. Astvatsatsin-Burtelashen two-storied mausoleum – church (1339) and hand-made khachkars of the great master.

Renovation works in the complex were carried out in 1988-1999.
In 2011 the complex was given to the Mother See of Echmiadzin and it is a functioning spiritual center now.

In 2010 museum dedicated to the life and activity of architect Momik has also been opened here.

Address: Vayots Dzor Marz,  Areni Village

Working days and hours of the Reserve:

Tuesday-Saturday, 9.00 – 17.30.

Sunday: 9.00 – 15.30

The day-off is Monday.

WORKS OF THE FIRST SEMESTER OF 2019 HAVE BEEN SUMMARIZED

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Famous medieval monastic complex Noravanq is located in Historical Armenia’s Syuniq region’s Vayoc dzor province (now Vayoc dzor region). In the history of Armenia the political [...]

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By the initiative of Shaqe Gharakhanyan, the head of “Protection service” NCSO’s branch Arpi natural-historical reserve, “Orbelyans and their cultural heritage” open class was held for [...]

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On May 25, “Protection Service” NCSO”s Vayots Dzor Regional Service organized a march from Eghegnadzor’s park after Momik, devoted to the 1566th anniversary of Vardananc battle. [...]

“CULTURAL GENOCIDE”. OPEN CLASS FOR PUPILS IN ARENI

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Сотрудники природоохранного заповедника “Арпи”, филиала ГНО “Служба охраны памятников”, организовали для шестиклассников средней школы Арени открытый урок на тему “Культурный геноцид”. Учительница истории Лусине Саргсян рассказала [...]

AN OPEN CLASS IN «ARPI» NATURAL-HISTORICAL RESERVATION DEDICATED TO RUBEN SEVAK

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The stuff of «Arpi» Natural-Historical Reservation launched an open class in Areni Secondary School (Vayots Dzor) entitled «Keep Alive the Heritage Painted With the Blood of [...]