About   3.8 km  past   the  turnoff   is Arzakan (formerly Arzakyand), with quarries and mineral springs.  It is mentioned as Artavazdakan in medieval sources. 3km NW is Neghutsi S. Astvatsatsin Vank, church of  10th c, gavit  with  13th  c. inscriptions.  Inhabitants  came  from

   Next turnoff left from the Yerevan- Sevan main road leads to the town of Arzni, Soviet Armenia’s first spa town, founded in 1925. Until the late 1980s, the village was predominantly Assyrian Christian. Many of this minority emigrated, their houses taken over  by refugees  from  Azerbaijan,  and   some

Maku in 1829. Continuing on the left fork leads up a side gorge to a series of pensionats, owned by the Interior Ministry and other worthy organizations.


rancor remains. The mineral springs are N of the village, in the gorge. Old coins found in cleaning one of springs prove the mineral waters were used from early times. Treatment lasted 26 days for adults, 45 for children; Paleolithic (Acheulian – 300- 100, 000 year old) stone tool open air workshops have been found along the river near the spa. Entering the village, the right paved fork leads to an unusual fine  small domed 6th c. church built on a square platform. An odd late antique capital and column base, and the mouldings of the platform, suggest that the church was placed atop a pagan shrine.