Situated in Lori Province, Lernapat Village (meaning enclosed by mountains in Armenian) is known for its community dance group and its fleet of drones. Here the adults dance the Lernapar (mountain dance), and the children fly drones high above the mountains.
Following the scent of the newly sprouted grass, the herd ascends the mountain. The locals say the herd’s first stop is the closest mountain and then the farthest one.
Most inhabitants of Marts village (Lori region) go to the mountains to work every year, and some even go with their families. A pair of extra hands in the mountains is always helpful.
While the men tend to the livestock, the women collect winter supplies – seasonal herbs and berries.
Welcome to the village of Vahagni (Lori province), immersed in the high mountains and golden seas of wheat. The village is named after Vahagn Vishapakagh (Vahagn the Dragon Slayer), who was a god of fire, thunder, and war worshiped in ancient Armenia.
A monument of Vahagn Vishapakagh has been guarding the gates of the village since 1973. Surrounded by bold green mountains, Vahagn stands triumphantly on his high pedestal. He protects the village and the children running under his feet with a bold look.
Situated at the edge of Lori gorge, and surrounded by boundless fields where horses run freely, is the village of Dsegh. Welcome to the hometown of Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan.
The village and the stone statues of the heroes of Tumanyan’s fairy tales welcome all visitors. They remind us of all of Tumanyan’s lines that we know by heart from school.
If wherever you look, there is a mountain, then you can rest assured that you’re in Margahovit village of the Lori region. The mountains are so close here that it seems as if you could stretch out your hand and make a snowball out of the snow covering the mountain peaks. And if you go down the slope with a slide, you will find yourself at the foot of the mountain, embraced by spring.
Shamut: village hidden in Lori’s wild mountains 13 June 2022 By Nane Vardanyan Photos by: Knar Babayan 4 min read The neighborhood of Motkor in Armenia’s northern Lori region includes the villages of Marts, Lorut, Atan, Shamut, and Ahnidzor, and is believed to be one of the less-discovered corners of the province. Shamut is one…
It has been a year since the village of Debet in the Lori region passed from “toward the good” to “toward SMART”. The village, buried in the green from head to toe, has a modern Municipality building, street lighting, a bus stop, a library, and soon a beauty salon, boulangerie, a modern school, a kindergarten, and other businesses and infrastructure.
The young faces of Lori’s Aznvadzor village 12 December 2021 By Nane Vardanyan Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read Not far from Lori’s third-largest city of Vanadzor, between the concave slopes of the Bazum mountain range, there is a village called Aznvadzor (Azniv = sincere, dzor = gorge) with a population of more than…
Endless plains and mountains reaching to the clouds, and ravines hanging from the fields, through which Dzoraget flows. This year-round panorama can be viewed from the balcony of almost every house in Dzoragyugh.
“Oh, wow” is probably the best expression in the Lori dialect to convey the region’s landscape in all its beauty.
Around 8 PM, if you suddenly find yourself in the playground of Vahagnadzor village and hear the children chant in unison, “Batum, Batum,” don’t be confused. You are still in Vahagnadzor village of the Lori region.
The children are just impatiently waiting for the arrival of the Yerevan-Batumi train.
Early days of fall in Lori’s Bazum village 26 September 2021 By Nane Vardanyan Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read All seasons are vividly expressed in the village of Bazum, a place hidden on the southern slope of the namesake Bazum mountain range of the Lori region. Imagine how gorgeous the emerging fall season…
The young fishers of Lori’s town of Tumanyan 29 August 2021 By Nane Vardanyan Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read When revolving around the northern Lori region of Armenia, you’ll feel a solid contrast upon entering Tumanyan, a community with signature architecture, maintained roads, and crowded streets. Previously a village, Tumanyan has received a…