Gusanagiugh

The castle of Gusanagyugh was investigated in 2007 by a joint Armenian-French excavation team, led by Jean-Pierre Mahe and Hamazasp Kha­chatryan.

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Gusanagiugh

Gusanagyugh is located 15 km north-west of Maralik town. Most of the ancestors of the villagers migrated to Gusanagyugh in 1829-1830 from Western Armenia's regions of Alashkert and Mush. 

It is the birthplace of Gusan Nakhshikar Sargis, after whom the village was renamed in 1977 (gusan meaning national poet in Armenian, gyugh-village).  

St. Astvatsatsin church (1888-1912) was destroyed during the 1926 earthquake. To the south lie the ruins of “Arkayablur” and “Berdi yal” castles going back to the 2nd-1st millennia, B.C.

The village also boasts the ruins of the medieval castle dating to the 12th-13th cc. Architect Toros Toramanyan states that an ancient settlement was located here, with the surviving quartz blocks laid without mortar on “Shah tapa” hill brought as a proof. 

The castle of Gusanagyugh was investigated in 2007 by a joint Armenian-French excavation team, led by Jean-Pierre Mahe and Hamazasp Kha­chatryan.

According to the experts, the construction technique and the composition of the monument are similar to that of Tignis castle (now in Turkey), located 12 km west of the village. Both buildings probably served as fortified warehouses for storing food and other consumer goods. 

To the west there is an oil-press dating to the 17th-18th cc.

The surrounding area is rich in basaltic and andesitic rocks.

 


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    How to reach Its located about 100 km north-west of Yerevan. To get there from Yerevan, take the M1 highway towards Giumri and 11 km north of Maralik, where a road turns left to Gusanagiugh.

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