It is located in Armenia's Kotayk province, 60 km of Yerevan, was granted "town status" in 1984. Nestled on the eastern slope of Mount Teghenis, at average 1841 meters above sea level it is a popular tourist attraction in Armenia with a population of about 1700.
Located in Armenia's Kotayk province, 60 km of Yerevan, Tsaghkadzor was granted 'town status' in 1984. Nestled on the eastern slope of Mount Teghenis, at average 1841 meters above sea level it is a popular tourist attraction in Armenia with a population of about 1700.
The remains of the material culture uncovered show that Tsaghkadzor was inhabited in mid 3rd millennium BCE. The name of the town is derived from Tsaghkunyats mountains. The settlement formerly known as Tsaghkotsadzor was used as a hunting ground for the Armenian Arshakuni kings in the early Middle Ages.
The territory passed under the control of Kamsarakan and Pahlavuni dynasties in the 6th-7th cc. and 10th c. respectively. Gregory Magistros Pahlavuni commissioned a church in Kecharuik in 1033 as part of famous Kecharis monastery, naming it after St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Before the establishment of the Armenian SSR Tsaghkadzor served as a summer health resort for high-ranking officials based in Yerevan province. The town was inhabited with Russians during this period of time.
About thirty pioneer camps and resorts operated in Tsaghkadzor during Soviet years. USSR General Sport Complex constructed in 1967 brought great fame to the town. The chairlift built on the slope of Mount Teghenis in 1969 became the town's landmark transforming it into a more popular winter resort.
Today Tsaghkadzor is home to well-planned squares and streets and about forty modern hotels and resorts that offer high-quality services, attracting visitors both in summer and in winter.
Kecharis Monastery which was extensively renovated in 2001 is another landmark of Tsaghkadzor while Orbeli brothers' house-museum is among the top cultural sites.
Tsaghkadzor is Armenia's most popular resort town and the favorite of the locals.