Amaras Monastery Road
Roads and Highways
Amaras Monastery, Martuni Region, Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR)
Armenia Fund US Western Region / Vahe Karapetian
Amaras Monastery, in NKR’s Martuni Region, is one of the world’s oldest Christian monuments. Built in the 4th century by Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator, it was the site of a landmark school established by Mesrob Mashdots, the great teacher and inventor of the Armenian alphabet.
Despite being an awe-inspiring sacred site, nestled in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, Amaras Monastery remained largely inaccessible to visitors and tourists as there was no road that linked the complex to the nearest major route, the North-South Highway of NKR.
With a generous donation from longtime benefactor Vahe Karapetian of Los Angeles, Armenia Fund US Western Region built the Amaras Road, which now links Amaras Monastery to the North-South Highway.
Ever since its construction in 2006, the Amaras Road has provided easy access to tens of thousands of travelers wishing to visit the ancient Amaras Monastery. Consequently, as the road has enabled tourists from throughout the world to enjoy the experience of visiting one of the Armenian homeland’s most revered cultural gems, it has also played an important role in helping boost the local tourism industry.
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