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Tigranakert (Armenia)

Practical information on Tigranakert

  • Archaeological Site
  • Museums
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20min drive from Askeran
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Tigranakert

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Tigranakert of Artsakh was an Armenian city constructed before the onset of the Middle Ages. Situated in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on the way to Askeran, the early 21st Century excavations were extensive and a fascinating, nearby museum opened in 2010.

My suggestion:
Take a tour of Martakert, which borders Azerbaijan and sits between the Karabagh range and the Koura plain. Apart from a landscape that blends yellow, white and orange, you'll also be able to explore the Vankasar and Yeris Mankants Monasteries.
My review

It's surprising to find such a large archaeological site (around 50ha) in a country so small. On the edge of Karabagh, which itself is on the edge of Armenia, Tigranakert is one of Armenia's most impressive archaeological sites.

Murals, Hellenic towers, house foundations and a 5th Century basilica are apparent and give the visitor an idea of the size of this town, which, like many 1st and 2nd Century BC Armenian towns, was named after King Tigrane.

After excavations began in 2005, the government came up with the idea of building a reconstruction of the imagined fortress of Tigranakert in order to house a museum! Many of the excavated objects, including ceramics, coins and sculptures, are housed and exhibited in this brand new building, which sits at the base of the hill.