Walking Tour of Goris

2017-04-18 07.56.19Short of time in Goris? Visiting on a Monday when the Tatev ropeway is closed? Why not join me for a one-hour walking tour of Goris?

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We will start at a lavash bakery, learning how Armenia’s famous flatbread is made and learning a little about our traditional oven–the tonir. We will stop by the Axsel Bakhunts museum–a great way to learn about home life in Armenia in the 1930s, as the house showcases much of its original furniture and contents. Bakhunts was a writer whose own story has a sad ending. He was killed on Stalin’s orders in 1937. But the beautiful garden he planted has been preserved and is worth a visit. (Note: the museum does charge to enter).

2017-12-25 16.51.28Walking towards the center of town, we will see the stone buildings built in a style unique to Goris and featuring the arched windows and doors that are typical of this area. We will also learn about the large porches or balconies that are features of many houses here.

In the center of the city, we will drink from the water fountains in the park, and stop to admire the large square with its statue of 14th century philosopher and Apostolic priest Grigor Tatevatsi.goris1

Depending on your interests, we might visit the theater, a small, local museum, an art gallery, the chess club, or the church of St Gregory the Illuminator. Perhaps you will want to buy a jingalov hats–the flatbread stuffed with herbs which is a popular local snack, or stop to watch the old men of the  town play nardi–our word for backgammon.

The tour will finish at the Tur Baza cafe which serves traditional Armenian food and offers a great view of our famous needle rocks.

This tour can be extended to include the church of St. Hripsime and an exploration of the needle rocks. Alternatively, you can choose to do this short tour by car if that would be more comfortable for you. 

 

Author: goris.tours

English-speaking tour guide based in Goris, Armenia. See Armenia from the comfort of my Mercedes and benefit from my knowledge of history, culture, wildlife--and the best places to eat and drink. I offer tours nationwide from airport pick-up to drop-off, or you can book me for a day-trip. Popular tours include: Tatev monastery with the longest ropeway in the world; Old Khndzoresk and the swinging bridge; Armenia's Stone Henge, Shaki Waterfall plus Vorotnavank Monastery and Vorotnaberd Fortress; Jermuk including the waterfall and funicular; in summer, a visit to the Petroglyphs in Ughtasar; and tours of all Armenia , Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and to Georgia

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