Sevan, a small hospitable city on the bank of "blue-eyed" Lake Sevan, is one of the must-see places in Armenia.
Geographical Position and Climate
Sevan city is located in RA Gegharqunik Province. It is situated on Yerevan-Dilijan highway, on the northwestern bank of Lake Sevan. Sevan city is about 60 km from Yerevan and 32 km from Gavar, the province center. Sevan is 1925 m above sea level.
The climate is temperate mountainous, with long cold winters and cool summers. In January, the average air temperature is -9 C, in July, it is + 16 C. The annual precipitation ranges between 500-600 mm.
Tourism is the main economic sector of Sevan city. You can take a taxi or a bus to get to the city. The buses run from Yerevan city, they leave from Hrachya Ghaplanyan Dramatic Theater. The fare is 600 AMD.
Towns and Villages nearby Sevan are:
- Gavar city - 38 km from Sevan
- Martuni city - 72 km from Sevan
- Lchashen village - 8 km from Sevan
The Points of Interest nearby Sevan city are:
- Sevan National Park
- Hayravanq Church
- Maqenis Monastery
- Vanevan and Sevan Peninsula Monastery Complexes
Lchashen Village is about 8 km from Sevan city. Many prehistoric period settlements, fortresses, castles, 5000-year old burial grounds and barrows, 2- and 4-wheeled wooden carts have been discovered in Lchashen thanks to archaeological excavations. Some of the archaeological items are stored and exhibited in the History Museum of Armenia.
The walls of ancient Urarta Castle (7th century BC) have also been preserved. According to the discovered cuneiform protocol, Menua, the son of Argishti I, built the castle. The huge walls of the castle, about 4 meters wide, protected the western side of the area in the north.