Meghri - Pokr Tagh

Meghri town is located in the south of the Republic of Armenia, on the bank of the Meghri River. It was a part of Arevik district of Greater Armenia's Siunik province. In medieval sources it is mentioned as a village and town, inhabited as far back as the 2nd millennium BCE.

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Background

Meghri – Pokr Tagh

Pokr Tagh was developed after the main district of town but has the oldest extant structures, a virtual folk museum of architecture and old traditions.  Its buildings are traced to the resettlement of the neighborhood following the 1639 Treaty of Qasr-e Shirin (also called the Treaty of Zuhab).

Pokr Tagh is a warren of alleys and narrow streets that trace the age-old paths of inhabitants who shaped this region for hundreds of years.  Its feature is the basilica of St. Sarkis church, with its 17th century frescoed walls that are among the most exquisite in Armenia, boasting an Oriental style that is still unmistakably Armenian.

The Small District's so called “People's Houses” built in the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries possess a peculiar architectural charm, with two and three story houses with verandas and multi-paned windows with colored glass.  Houses benefit from their position on the hillside and one used the other's roof as a courtyard, hence the term “People's Houses”. Unfortunately this way of living is being lost along with the district's silhouettes. The majority of these unique examples of folk architecture have turned into ruins while others are threatened. 


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    How to reach From Yerevan drive north east for 373 km and you will reach the Meghri Pokr Tagh. The trip will take approximately 5 hour 20 minutes.

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