The regional center, Hadrout city is situated 75 km away from the capital of AR, Stepanakert.
If the road brought you to Hadrout, then welcome! You are in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Artsakh where you can admire both the mountainous and relatively flat landscape of it. This is just a geographical hint for you.
The regional center, Hadrout city is situated 75 km away from the capital of AR, Stepanakert. At the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th cc. Hadrout was the second important locality after Shoushi.
Hadrout region, known in the history of Armenia under the name Dizak as well, is also considered to be an open-air museum. The region is famous for a number of monastic complexes and churches, old settlements and fortresses.
Hadrout borders with Martouni, Askeran and Shoushi regions in the north and with Kashatagh region in the west. The total area of Hadrout region is a little over 1800 sq.km. It has a population of 12000 people. The southern boundary passes through the river of Arax which from time immemorial is called "Mother of the Armenian rivers". The river of Ishkhanaget, falling into the Araks, flows along the territory of the region. The state boundary of AR with the Islamic Republic of Iran also passes through the Arax. The eastern boundary of Hadrout region is the state boundary with Azerbaijan. The southern and south-eastern parts of the region are comparatively flat. The mountain masses, covered with dark forests and alpine meadows are situated in the north and north-west.
We have prepared a list of the most famous places for you to explore. They are: Gtchavank Monastery(13c.), Azokh cave, the Palace of Dizak meliks – princes of Yeganyans (18-19cc.), the monastery of Okhty Drni, Sourb Haroutyoun church (St. Resurrection) in Hadrout (17c.), the cloister of Takhaser (17c.), Ijevanatun (caravansary) located near the locality of Kargabazar on highway of Hadrout-Martouni, the house-museum of marshal A. Khanpheryants (Khudyakov), the hero of the Soviet Union, in his native village Mets Tagher etc.
One of the highest peaks of Artsakh, the mountain of Dizapayt, is situated here. It was always considered to be a holy place, which attracted a lot of pilgrims and travelers not only from Artsakh and its surroundings, but from all over the world. Pilgrims climb the mountain mostly in summer. They ask the saints to fulfill their dreams, to heal their diseases and more.
On the top of the mountain you will find the monastery Kataro which was built in the 4-5 centuries. It is the monastery with the highest altitude in Nagorno Karabakh. It was mentioned to be a Prelacy of Dizak (another name for Hadrout) district. According to historical sources the mountain has been sanctified from ancient times. This is a great place for hiking; the mountain is 2478 meters above sea level. The top is so rewarding!
Near the village of Togh, in the north-eastern slope of a single mountain, among the thick forests, is gracefully located the medieval political and spiritual centre of Artsakh - Gtchavank. Famous since the early medieval, the monastery was destroyed in the 7th century, during the reign of the Arabs and was again rebuilt in the 13th century. In the 18th century, with the support of Dizak melik Yegan the territory of the monastery expanded. From an architectural point of view, Gtchavank monastery complex is one of the most interesting monuments of the centuries-old Armenian culture.
Almost like 10 km to the east of the highway Yerevan-Stepanakert you can find the Meliks’ Palace founded by Melik Haykaz in the late XV century. The palace is located in the village of Melikashen surrounded by walls with towers and gates. The palace consists of two-storey buildings with arched halls and other buildings. The gates and walls were restored, the area around the palace is landscaped. Now a luxury hotel is acting here where you can stay and imagine yourself living a royal life in a palace. It’s not chic kingdom that is usually present in European palaces or UK, rather modest but carrying the Artsakhian heritage, its spirit and inspiration.
Village Mets Tagher
3 km north of the highway is the village of Mets Tagher, a center of trade, arts and crafts of Hadrout region since ancient times. Mets Tagher is also home for the House-Museum of Air Marshal Armenak Khanferyants, established in 1975. After, In 1984 aircraft MiG-17 was established in the courtyard of the museum in memory of the great pilot. The museum is a two-storied building, the office and the Department of Ethnography are situated on the ground floor, which demonstrate a national houseware and applied crafts - pottery, millstones, stone carding machines, combs, churn, etc.
The famous Armenian actor V. Papazyan during his visit to Hadrout said phrase that became a popular quotation: “If Karabakh is a golden ring, Hadrout is a brilliant on this ring”