Dadivank

  Dadivank or Khutavank is an Armenian monastery, located in the distance of 93 km from Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic. It was founded by St. Dadi, a disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle who preached Christianity in Eastern Armenia. The monastery was built between the 9th-13th centuries. In 1994 following the end of the Artsakh liberation war, the monastery was reopened and in 2004-2005, the renovation process was held here. The restoration efforts restored the Cathedral, along with a chapel. In June, 2007, the grave of St. Dadi was discovered under the holy altar of the main church. The local Armenian princes are also buried here, under the church's gavit. In 2017, Italian specialists, who had already restored of the 4 chapels and their frescoes, returned to continue cleaning and restoration of the inscriptions and ornaments near the doors to the chapels, planning to complete by 2020.

The Monastery consists of the Cathedral church of St. Holy Mother God, the chapel and a few other buildings. The main church has Armenian script engraved into its walls, in addition to several 13th century frescoes. The bas-relief on the south facade of the cathedral at Dadivank, built in 1214, shows the princess offering the church in memory of her sons. According to Paolo Cuneo, Dadivank is one of two Monasteries along with Gandzasar where bust motifs (possibly the donors of the monasteries) can be found. On 8 October 2001, motion 9256 was proposed (but not discussed, let alone approved) at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on behest of sixteen parliamentary members. According to the motion, "the local Muslim population regarded as remnants of the Armenian Christian religion and ruined the monastery as it could".

Sarsang Reservoir is a large basin located in the very middle of a new built highway, the second to connect Armenia and Artsakh. It was built on the Tartar River in 1976. The area of the reservoir is 14.2 km2. The overall volume of the reservoir is 575 million m3. The height of the dam at the reservoir is 125 m. Since opening, the reservoir has provided irrigation water for 100,000 ha of agricultural lands in neighboring districts of Azerbaijan. The Sarsang Hydro Power Plant with capacity of 50 megawatt has been based on the reservoir since its opening. It has become the main source of electric energy for Artsakh (40-60%). With its beautiful surrounding nature, Sarsang reservoir is expected to be one of the major tourism centers in the long run.

On the way back to Yerevan, you can see a crossroad, turning to the left and driving 40 km, where Jermajur resort is located. It's placed  on the northern sloops of the same mountain range, to the south of which Jermuk (Armenia) is. Jermajur is 2200-2400 m above sea level, on the bank of the river Tartar. It is rich in natural hot springs, water temperature of which reaches 60º C, regardless of the season. That is why the name of the spring is Jermajur: "hot spring". Mineral water has healing properties. You can have long rest in the basin, built round the spring. The road, leading to the Jermajur is attractive too; it passes through the canyon within mountains and forests.


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