Facts about Tsaghkadzor
Region: Kotayk Province
As a settlement Tsaghkadzor is known from ancient times. Founded in the 3rd century AC, the economic and cultural life began to rise during the Zaqariants' reign during the 13th and 14th century. During the soviet times, Tsaghkadzor has been developed as an important spa town, ski and health resort. The Soviets built the ski lifts and some other sporting facilities to prepare their athletes for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
12 years later, Armenia begann to modernize the city and its ski lifts. A lot of luxurious hotels and sanatoriums have been built and the ski lifts from the Soviet times have been replaced with modern ones.
Stopover on the way to Lake Sevan
During the summer Tsaghkadzor is mainly visited by locals, who escape from the heat of the capital Yerevan. The local people like the nature and the fresh air in this region. The international tourists visit Tsaghkadzor because it is a good base for a stopover before visiting the Lake Sevan which is only 25 km away.
Tsaghkadzor is Armenia's biggest ski resort
In winter the city is quite crowded with skiers. Opened during the Soviet times and modernized after the year 2,000, Tsaghkadzor is quite a modern ski resort today. On the slopes of Mount Teghenis there are five ski lifts starting at an altitude of 1,966 meters. The highest lift ends close to the mountain's peak on 2,918 meters above sea level. Skiing in Tsaghkadzor is cheap: A one-day-pass costs 11,000 AMD which is less than 23 USD. It is possible to rent the whole ski equipment for 5,000 AMD per day (9 USD) or to book a ski instructor for 7,000 AMD (12.60 USD) per hour..
In Tsaghkadzor you wlil find more than 80 hotels and apartments. There is also the General Sports Complex offering accommodations and other facilities such as a swimming pool (50 m), a professional gym, four boxing rings, cross-country ski trails, and an indoors sports hall for mini-football and basketball.
The winter sports season in Tsaghkadzor normally starts in mid-December and stretches well into March. Depending on the weather and the amount of snow it is often possible to ski in April, too.
Tsaghkadzor's religious and cultural center is the Kecharis Monastery, which was completely reconstructed in 2001. It is a medieval Armenian monastery complex which was originally built in the year 1003. After the Seljuqs destroyed the monastery, the Armenians reconstructed and expanded it. They added the Surb Haruthjun chapel and built a third church in the 13th century.
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How to get to Tsaghkadzor
The 60 km from Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor take around one hour by car.
From Yerevan there are regular marshrutka (minibus) connections to Tsaghkadzor.
From the international airport in Yerevan it takes 1.5 hours by car, from the international airport in Gyumri around 2.5 hours.
From Yerevan there is a train to Hradzan. The trip takes 1.5 hours. From there, it is only 5 km (7 min by taxi) to Tsaghkadzor.