of Vardakar is Nor
1940 Mejitli), with ruined 6-7th c. Grigor Lusavorich
the road SE, one reachs the city of Artik.
on the road from Maralik/Pemzashen,
turn left at the entrance of town, then right on the flyover
across the railroad tracks.
At the town square (WWII monument), continue straight up
Tonakanian St. to
where the two
early churches appear on the the
Church, 5th c.; S.
Gevorg church, 7th c.
Both are ruined, with restoration interrupted by the
collapse of the USSR.
There is also an 18th c. church in a cave in a
gorge 1 km SE in direction of Harich. Catacomb type tombs of the
14th-9th c. BC have been excavated near
Artik as well.
The well-preserved Lmbatavank
church of the 7th c. stands on a hillside just SW of
Artik (S. Stepanos church, important wall paintings).
Some interesting 18-19th c. houses also
survive in Artik.