Nature Trail 2008: Noravank Gorge

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Noravank Gorge 1: Legend

 
Source: "Christian Armenia Encyclopedia", Murad Hasratian
Edited: ICOMOS/Armenia and Sister Anahit (Mother See, Divanatun )
Approved: Mother See at Holy Echmiadzin


Noravank 1:

Legend

1. Map & Canyon Office
2. Bird Cave
3. Mageli Cavern
4. Important Bird Area
5. Amaghu Medieval
Settlement
6. Noravank Flora
7. 4th century chapel
8. Noravank Complex
9. Gnishik Abandoned Village
10. Settlement
11. Fortress


Noravank Canyon

The road to Noravank follows the Gnishik River Canyon, eight kilometers of stunning terrain and spectacular rock formations, which appear from the abundant volcanic deposits in the region. Among the region's late volcanoes is the now dormant Dalik, which is said to have erupted in combination with an earthquake to cover the ancient town of Moz with lava. The anguished cries of the calamity's survivors (“Vai! Vai!”) is linked to the naming of the marz, Vayots Dzor (the “Wailing Canyon”).

The canyon area is famous for its numerous caves (Bird, Mageli, Archeri and Mozrov Caverns), its Flora (Wild Yellow Rose, pistachio, wild pear, herbs and berries) and fauna. This area has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) hosting some globally threatened bird species. It also hosts extensive colonies of endangered bats and one of the country's most treasured and endangered animals, the Caucasian Leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor).

The text was edited by Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.