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Khndzoresk

On the slopes of the picturesque gorge, almost 3 km long, the cave city of Khndzoresk is located. This is an Armenian village, where you can find about 3,000 cave rooms. In ancient times, it was one of the largest villages in Armenia and had a population of 15,000 people.

This is the only Armenian village that has never come under the influence of the enemy. Her story is filled with fierce battles against the invaders. Looking at the caves dug in the middle of steep cliffs, it becomes clear that unusual people lived there. They managed to repel the attacks of huge armies - several times the population of the village.

During the attacks, every resident knew his job. From easily accessible caves, people were able to evacuate to more inaccessible caves, using stairs and ropes. In impregnable rocks, they could remain for months in the event of a siege. Responsible persons were appointed for each case. They knew by minutes when they should bring water, when to lower and when to raise the ropes, etc.

 



It was not a pleasure to live in the caves. It was simply the only method to win the struggle for freedom, and freedom was their sore spot. But two churches and three schools already speak of a high level of education and civilization of the villagers. Many cultural figures are known who come from Khndzoresk. Among them are many architects whose work has been preserved in the village. Some caves were decorated and equipped so that they looked like a worthy Armenian hearth.

Besides the caves, ordinary houses were also built in Khndzoresk. People lived in the village until the 70s of the last century. In 2012, a suspension swinging bridge was built 65 meters high and 165 meters long, which connects the opposite slopes of the gorge.

Khndzoresk is a gateway to a completely different - forgotten world, which must be reached through the magic bridge.

 

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