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Smbataberd

Smbataberd

5h
10.2 km
2,103
1,598
Medium

Things to see

Jewish cemetary
Tsakhats Kar Monastery
Smbataberd Fortress
Located high above Armenia's wine country, this trail will have you marvelling at the 5th century Smbataberd Fortress, and then lead you down to an 800-year-old Jewish cemetery.

You’ll start in the village of Artabyunk and make your way up to the fortress. After admiring the views (maybe even spotting a herd of bezoar goats), you’ll descend into a meadow, only to hike up again, this time to the Tsakhats Kar monastery complex. The rest of the trail is downhill to the village of Yeghegis. Five minutes away from the village, you’ll find the Jewish cemetery, where you can still read Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions on some of the tombstones. Just ask a local person to direct you. You may end up drinking homemade vodka and eating delicious barbecue—don’t say we didn’t “warn” you.

How to get there

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Oscar A.
Great trail that leads to two spectacular historical sites, each with wonderful views of the valley. Watch out for cows, although they're friendly and lazy.

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