ALAVERDI (Erevan-Vanadzor-Alaverdi 180 km)is the largest city in the Debed Valley (pop. 13,000). The biggest employer in the region is the copper mining industry. In the village of SANAHIN, on a plateau above the Alaverdi valley, a visit to the magnificent Xth – XIIIth century monastery,
one of the jewels of Armenian religious architecture, classified as a UNESCO Heritage momument, is an absolute must.