Bear leftish toward Aparan and continue 5.5 km to an unsignposted asphalt road to the right, which leads across the valley to the village of Buzhakan (once Babakishi) and the splendid ruined Teghenyats monastery in  a  forested  fold of the Tsakhkunyats mountain    range.    Set    between    two

   Hrazdan Gorge is impressive primarily for its Paleolithic-looking rock formations, and for the  Paleolithic persons who inhabited them, leaving along the river bank ample worked stone traces of their presence.   The    drive   is   a  pleasant alternative to the main Sevan highway, slower of course,  but   over   a   generally

streams, with a distant view of Mt. Ararat, the site has sheep and horse-shaped tombstones, an impressive half-intact gavit (narthex) beside the ruined sanctuary (12th century), parts of a monumental dining room (13th c.), and lots of atmosphere. The road to the monastery dubiously passable, allegedly goes on to Tsakhkadzor. There are walking/mountain bike trails and picnic ambiance. The final bit of road is not recommended for street cars (except someone else’s). On the E side of the village of Buzhakan is a 6th-7th century ruined church.


decent asphalt road. The first village N of Yerevan  is   Arinj, with remains of a medieval fort nearby, with  dragon  carving of 1501 on lintel and eagle  commemorating Bishop Hovhannes and remains of  Astvatsatsin church.  New built Astvatsatsin church and  a Hellenistic period  settlement are nearby. E of the  village is Dzagavank or  Getargeli S. Nshan, with a ruined  7th c. church (S. Nshan)  and a formerly two-story 13th c.  church E of it.