Debed River Canyon

Overview

Introduction

North of Vanadzor, Armenia's third-largest city, is the beautiful Debed River Canyon, one of the richest areas to explore Armenia's past, especially that part which intertwined with Georgian history. The highway runs along the Debed River at the bottom of the canyon, passing the monasteries of S. Grigori, Kobayr and Horomayri—all accessible only by foot, with hike times varying from 15 minutes to an hour. Those not inclined to hike can easily take the road to reach Odzun Basilica of the sixth century, Akhtala Monastery, and the UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat.

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