To  reach  the  city  of   Yeghvard, follow the main road turning slightly left. Pass under the underpass signposted for Ashtarak and Arzni. Entering the outskirts of Yeghvard, go to the end of the divided bit of roadand turn right at 16.5 km (shop “Presents”on right). Continue 1.8 km

   Another left fork from Eghvard leads to Nor Yerznka, founded in 1949. It is also reachable from Ashtarak main road (at 10.5 km take right off-ramp signposted signposted “Egvard”). At 12.3 km turn left (no sign) on asphalt road. At 13.9 km turn left  (signposted “Nor Yerznka”), asphalt. Going uphill through  the   village,

to the edge of the city (“Commercial  Shop” on left), turn sharply left and 50 meters thereafter zig right again. This is the road that leads to  Buzhakan and Aparan. Yeghvard  was a large, tidy, ancient village with the small, two-story  S. Astvatsatsin  (“Mother of God”) Church (1301 or 1321), steeple visible from afar, and an important 5/6th century ruined  basilica about 350 m SSW of it.


one reachs the volcanic crater of Mt. Ara, named after the handsome early Armenian god/hero/king  killed and brought back to life under mythological circumstances involving Queen Semiramis (but less elegantly called in Perso-Russian times Garniyarigh - "Torn Stomach" in Turkish). Built into a mossy cave, complete with sacred spring, is the shrine of Kuys Varvara (the Virgin Barbara), also known as Tsaghkevank, with saint’s tomb, altar, ferns, and candle vendors.