KASHATAGH

Kashatagh district is the largest in the Republic of Artsakh, with an area of 3,376 square kilometers.

Kashatagh district is the largest in the Republic of Artsakh, with an area of 3,376 square kilometers. In the west, the region borders with Armenia, and in the south, the state border with Iran runs along the Araks River. The provincial center of the district - Berdzor is founded on the site of ancient Armenian settlements. The Yerevan - Stepanakert highway passes through it. Aghavno River runs through the region, where since 2009 small hydroelectric power stations are under construction.

The territory of the region is rich with preserved Armenian architectural monuments. The most prominent of them are the Tsitsernavank Monastery, Saint Hambardzum church, the church of the XIX century in the village of Tandzatap, and the palace of Melik-Haykaz.

Tsitsernavank Monastery of IV-VI centuries is an Armenian representation of an oriental architectural type. According to legend, it was built on the site of a pagan temple, as the name says: “tsitsernak” in translation from Armenian “swallow,” and the cult of swallow in pre-Christian Armenia was one of the most popular.

On the territory of the Kashatagh region, in the course of a scientific speleological expedition in 2002-2003, exploring the caves, five-rock churches, four defensive and protective structures, and more than 30 residential complexes were discovered. The most prominent of the structures found are the monastery complexes Kron (Kronk) and Chochandza (Gochandz) described by the Armenian historian Stepanos Orbelian (XII century), as well as a cave with a cuneiform inscription of the 7th century BCE.  Furthermore, in 2010, a treasure containing 112 items of gold, silver, and bronze was found in the district.

In addition to architectural monuments, the region is renowned for its natural resources - dense virgin forests and mountain rivers.

Visit the Kashatagh region and discover genuinely amazing places on Earth - both created by nature itself and raised by human hands.

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