site of a glorious victory
here in 894 of Smbat I Bagratuni over the invading Emir Apshin
Doghs has a S. Stepanos church built in the 19th
from the S the village of
there are sparse remains of an Iron Age cyclopean
On the left of the road entering the village from the S
is a ruined medieval princely tomb of 13th c.,
and graveyard surrounding.
There are remains
Astvatsatsin church of 1876, S. Gevorg of 10th c;
Tsiranavor of 14th c; Karmravor;
and reportedly a restaurant.
Turning left (N) on a paved road at the N end of town, a
dusty road leads through a major tuff quarry (prehistoric
graveyard below) to a hilltop with a prominent circular tower. Build of massive stones, with a tiny entrance, this tower
commands a sweeping view and may have served as a watchtower or,
perhaps, as a Zoroastrian funeral site (cf. Parsee “towers of
silence” in India).
In any case, no finds are associated with the tower,
which is undated. A small local shrine
is standing further NW.