Places Of Pilgrimage In Lori

The high, impregnable area of ​​the Armenian Highlands was used not only for construction of magnificent castles, but also for construction of sanctuaries. After all, the way of the covenant should not be accessible and easy.

There are many places of pilgrimage in Lori. These are the sanctuaries, about the miracles of which many legends have been preserved. These places of pilgrimage are usually associated with a person sanctified by the Christian church, who has been proclaimed for his holiness and good deeds. After their death, churches were built on their graves or relics, or their remains were buried in the churchyard, and after their death, they were able to perform miracles and heal by the grace of God.

These churches or places are knows as places that fulfil wishes. There are sanctuaries that are associated with folk beliefs and are also considered as places that fulfil wishes. In any case, miracles are indirectly connected to the God’s chosen ones, and directly to God. The high, impregnable area of ​​the Armenian Highlands was used not only for the construction of magnificent castles, but also for the construction of sanctuaries. After all, the way of the covenant should not be accessible and easy.

St. Hovhaness’ (John’s) Chapel

According to a legend, in the 13th century, the relics of St. John the Baptist were summoned in the pilgrimage site of St. Hovhannes in Hartagyugh (Ghaltakhchi). There is no historical evidence for this, the only evidence is the miracles performed by the people who made the covenant here.

The chapel-sanctuary of St. John, according to folk beliefs, cures infertility and diseases. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the sanctuary as a token of gratitude, erecting khachkars in the area of ​​the chapel in return for the miracle performed with them. Evidence of miracles is more than 200 khachkars placed here since 2005, each a story of a happy family, an illness overcome, a wish fulfilled. The chapel is located on the top of a hill about 2150 m high, to reach the top of which you have to walk 3 km.

The original appearance of the chapel has not been preserved, as it was destroyed three times during the Soviet years by non-believers and restored by the efforts of villagers and believers. This place of pilgrimage is one of the seven famous pilgrimage sites of Armenia.


The monastery of St. John of Ardvi is a place of pilgrimage, with which, according to the pilgrims, many miracles are connected.

Lawyer, political scientist, public figure, diplomat Hovhannes Odznetsi Patriarch, after leaving Odzun and renouncing the Catholicosate, fasted in St. Hovhannes Monastery in Ardvi and spent the last years of his life in prayer. After his death, his body was buried in this monastic complex, which became a place of pilgrimage for many pilgrims.

After his death, Odznetsi was canonized by the Armenian Church. According to popular belief, the tombs and relics of saints are miraculous. The day of the monastery convention is April 17.

Martyr Monastery

The monastery was built in the 5th century. The relics of St. Shushanik-Varden (Vardan Mamikonyan’s daughter) were kept here, which were later moved to Tbilisi. Shushanik is consecrated by the Armenian-Georgian churches.

The place is a pilgrimage site, it has healing power especially for children. The complex is located in the forest between Chochkan, and Mets Ayrum settlements.

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