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Man and nature are one in common. As people depend on nature, so nature
depends on people. It is possible to achieve harmony in those relationships.
I suggest spending the coming Weekend in the Tavush region, where I
realized that our life is inextricably linked with our native nature. Very often
you want to replace everyday mental anxiety with other actions, which are
extremely different from your daily life.
I am in Dilijan, dense with leaves, decorated with a palette of nature. I am sure
that you know better than me what to do in Dilijan, but this time I will try to
enrich your vacation with different and very different experiences.



The Dilijan Geological Museum-Gallery gives a complete picture of the history
of Dilijan, the historical development of the locals, and their life. The first
excavations in Armenia took place in the 1850s in a place called
Redkin-Lager. The name of the place comes from the name of the road
builder, engineer Redkin, who set up his camp 6 km north of Dilijan on the
right bank of the Aghstev River. They had to build a road between Armenia
and Georgia, but it turned out that the road was going to pass through the
mausoleum. That is why the tombs are opened, the first archeological
excavations are carried out. The whole collection is excavated from the
surrounding areas of Dilijan. It dates from the third to the first millennium BC,
the era of the Late Copper Early Iron Age.

The Dilijan Geological Museum is also of special importance, as are the rare
paintings preserved here. The museum houses the originals of Hovhannes
Aivazovsky, Gorg Bashinjaghyan, Vardges Surenyants, Panos Terlemezyan,
Edgar Shahinyan. Here are also some works of Dutch, Italian and French
artists of XVI-XVIII centuries. After the tour, a master class in art printing was
waiting for me. It’s crazy, I tried linotype for the first time. Each of the 5
selected samples is symbolically connected with the history of the city. Lace,
cinematographers, composers, Diljan curves, excess…. And in the end it will
be given to you as a gift.

Dilijan Local Lore museum and art gallery

Հեռ։ +374 268 244 51 Արման Բադեյան

Facebook: @dilijanmuseum 


We are not very far from the museum, on the first floor of a small building next
door, the Boudoir Art Studio will open its doors to you with museum-inspired


Some historical data characterizing Armenia as a mining center:
-According to the ancient Greek authors Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripides
and others, copper, silver and iron were first discovered in Armenia and
exported to other countries.
- The world's greatest archaeologists Frankfurt, Jacques de Morgan, Woolley
and others, studying the metallurgical specimens of the Aegean Islands, the
northeastern regions of Asia Minor, and northern Persia, come to the
conclusion that Armenia is one of the cradles of metallurgy.
- According to Gordon Chaide, an English scientist and current Indian
archaeologist Dixit, the first discoverers of iron smelting were the Armenian
mountaineers, and the epicenter of the Iron Age revolution was the mountains
of Armenia.
- All the above-mentioned scientists emphasize that Armenia has always
supplied metals to the Assyrian-Babylonian world, Egypt, India and Marastan.
Major Russian scientists, specialists in the history of metallurgy claim that in
BC. In the III-II millennia, Armenian metal was supplied to many Eastern
European countries․

Buduart Studio

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Facebook: @buduart.dilijan


The next impressive place I suggest to visit is ``ARMENECOOP``, a women's
social enterprise founded by the ``Dilijan Youth Cooperation Center`` NGO,
where there is a real color fireworks in the form of a cloth. Here you choose
the preferred color .
The goal of the first Made in Dilijan product was to create local souvenirs that
could be used in everyday life.
A part of the modern revival of the craft... I chose the printing of Old Dilijan,
and very soon the bag became an integral part of the Tavush journey. It is
very comfortable, you will find a small pocket inside the bag, it is designed for
coins and phones. I'm in a hurry to reach Ijevan. We start the day early. In the
morning I am going to discover the Ijevan massif with the local guide Vahe
Mailyan. During the trip, interact a lot with local guides, because only they can
show you the unique and unique sights that are typical of the place.


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Facebook: @armenecoop



Mountains are amazing places. on the one hand, here you test your strength,
train your will, learn to feel nature, on the other hand, snowy peaks soaring to
the sky, the noise of disobedient rivers and waterfalls, the pungent smell of
herbs, the sky, the combination of all this creates a unique harmony and
beauty, restoring peace .
At the top is a unique atmosphere of lightness and happiness. Being in this
pure corner, you can hear your own inner voice, feel the flight, discover a
piece of yourself. It is impossible to look away. We are in the Ijevan mountain
range, above Kamut.
By the way, Vahe is a 4th generation carpenter, if you want you can visit the
workshop after the trip, he will help you make beautiful wooden things.

Mayilyan Tour and Woodcarving

Հեռ։ +374 93 02 29 21,Վահե Մայիլյան

Facebook: @MayilyanTour


After the hike, I was hosted in the center of the ``Telik`` social-cultural NGO.
Here aromatic warming tea and an acquaintance with handmade handicrafts
with a unique Armenian shula method were waiting for me. Hasmik said that
there was a very famous carpet factory in Ijevan during the Soviet period, but
unfortunately it does not work today.
I found out that shulal is an Armenian carpet technique used in the Tavush
region. In contrast to the carpet, the shulal is more difficult to operate, the
master must have a lot of experience in operating it. In history, many
Armenian carpet weavers mastered this technique from an early age to get
usable items: it is a stronger fabric.

Telik Handmade

Հեռ։ +374 98 56 01 18, Հասմիկ Մարգարյան

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This article was created as part of the My Armenia program, funded by
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and
implemented by the Smithsonian Institution. The contents of this article
are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of
USAID, the Smithsonian Institution or the US Government

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