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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Meghri - Pokr Tagh

MEGHRI POKR TAGH, 17th-21st cc.

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. Meghri was included in the list of villages that paid taxes to Tatev monastery. It is most famous for its fortress, mentioned as early as 1083. Repeatedly attacked by Mongol, Timurid and Seljuk- Turkic tribes it played an active role in the 1720s liberation struggle in Siunik led by Davit Bek and Mkhitar Sparapet. Valuable information about Meghri is found in the records of Joseph Emin (1766), European travelers Dubois (1834), Raddy (1890) and Chantre (1890).

The city is divided into Mets Tagh (Big District) and Pokr Tagh (Small District) which climb the slopes across the gorge. On the right side is Pokr Tagh which was also known as Pokr Meghri. It was developed in the 17th c. and is remarkable for its unique architecture. Most of the district is made of two, sometimes three-story buildings boasting arched gates, wooden balconies, multi-paned wooden windows, niches and interesting interiors, each reflecting the unique culture of Meghri. An outstanding feature of the folk architecture of Pokr Tagh is the surviving part of the district, the dwellings making up an open-air museum.

St. Sarkis (17th c.) in Pokr Tagh is a triple-nave basilica, the composition of the church common for Armenian architecture at that period. Two pairs of pylons divide the sanctuary into three naves. The semi-circular apse is flanked by two-story annexes with vaulted roofs. The small rotunda of the belfry boasting six columns rests on the roof. The church is built of rough basalt stone, while the rotunda is made of brick. The exterior of the church lacks decorations, however the interior is covered with valuable frescoes (17th c.) depicting biblical scenes.    


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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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