Must See in Khndzoresk Village
Situated on the steep slopes of Khor Dzor (Deep Gorge) in the Syunik Province of Armenia is the breathtaking Khndzoresk village.
In case you are planning a trip to one of the best historical and hiking sites in the South-East of Armenia, here are our recommendations about what to see in the village of Khndzoresk.
Photo by Gregor Samsa
New and Old Khndzoresk Village
The inhabited area of the village was built in 1950s and is called New Khndzoresk. Old Khndzoresk is a medieval and early modern village, that is currently home to the ruins of a cave city, ancient churches, tombstones, etc.
Old Khdzoresk Cave Village
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Thousand-year-old Khndzoresk cave village, at the end of the 19th century, was the largest village in eastern Armenia. Today, there are at about four hundred natural and man-made cave dwellings in the hillsides. Interestingly enough for thousand years the way of life remained almost the same and these cave dwellings were inhabited until the 20th century. To explore the mysterious cave system of the historic village one should cross the swinging bridge.
New Swinging Bridge
Khndzoresk swinging bridge that runs over a deep canyon connects the banks old and new Khndzoresk. It is a 160-meter long bridge that was built with hands of the villagers and was officially opened in 2012. The bridge is 63 meters high above the ground and weighs 14 tons. Locals say it can hold up to seven hundred people at the same time.
St. Hripsime Church
A 17th century St. Hripsime Church seats at the bottom of the Deep gorge. Nearby the church you can find a tomb of an Armenian national hero Mkhitar Sparapet, who was killed on his way to Khndzoresk village.
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