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Lori Province - Main Cultural Interests & Religious Sites

Armenia / Vanadzor
Lori (Armenian: Լոռի, Armenian pronunciation: [lɔˈri] ), is a province (marz) of Armenia. It is located in the north of the country, bordering Georgia. Vanadzor is the capital and largest city of the province. Other important towns include Stepanavan, Alaverdi, and Spitak. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries and the well-preserved Akhtala monastery, where Armenians, Georgians, and Greeks make an annual pilgrimage on September 20–21.

The province was heavily damaged during the 1988 Armenian earthquake.

The province is served by the Stepanavan Airport.


Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the monasteries of Haghpat, Sanahin, Kobayr and Bardzrakash in Dsegh served as centers of Armenian culture, theology and science. Scholars such as Hovhannes Imastaser, Grigor Tuteordi, Davit Kobayretsi, Grigor Magistros worked in these monasteries.[4] The House-museum of Hovhannes Tumanyan in Dsegh is among the notable cultural structures in Lori.

Fortresses and archaeological sites

  • Kaytson Castle of the 10th century,
  • Kayan Fortress of the 10th century,
  • Akhtala Fortress of the 10th century,
  • Lori Fortress of the 11th century,
  • Sanahin Bridge of 1195,
  • Yaghdan Bridge of the 13th century
  • Sedvi Fortress of the 13th century.

Churches and monasteries

Notable natives





Coat of arms of Lori
Coat of arms
Location of Lori within Armenia
Location of Lori within Armenia
Coordinates: 40°55′N 44°30′ECoordinates: 40°55′N 44°30′E
Country Armenia
and largest city
 • Governor Artur Nalbandyan
 • Total 3,799 km2 (1,467 sq mi)
Area rank 3rd
Population (2011)
 • Total 235,537[1]
 • Rank 6th
Time zone AMT (UTC+04)
Postal code 1701–2117
ISO 3166 code AM.LO
FIPS 10-4 AM06
Website Official website

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