About the city

Welcome to Dilijan!

To a small Armenian city, which is surrounded on all sides by dense forests and majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks covered with a mysterious veil of fog. To a city that will surprise you with its old streets, rich history, referring us back to the Bronze Age, traditional crafts, art, delicious cuisine for every taste, colorful and fashionable establishments and, of course, the Armenian hospitality.

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III-I
century
BC
I-IV
century
AD
X-XII
centuries
1672 1958 Since
1991
Prehistoric Period

Prehistoric Period

The first settlements in the territory of modern Dilijan appeared in the III-I millennium BC, as evidenced by the unique artifacts of the Bronze and Iron Ages, discovered during serious archaeological excavations. The settlements were distinguished by a high level of development in agriculture, animal breeding, and traditional crafts (the manufacture of pottery, weapons, jewelry, and household items).

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Hovk. Summer residence of Armenian kings

Hovk. Summer residence of Armenian kings

During the reign of the Armenian royal dynasty of Arshakuni, the territory of modern Dilijan and its environs were the royal residence and hunting ground. The territory along the Aghstev River was known as Kaenadzor, and Dilijan itself was Hovk.

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High Middle Ages

High Middle Ages

In the era of the High Middle Ages, the territory of modern Dilijan was part of the Tashir-Dzoraget kingdom. It was marked by an unprecedented development of culture in Armenia. The medieval architectural sights of the region belong to this period. The monastic complexes of Goshavank, Haghartsin, Aghavnavaknk, numerous khachkars, and fortresses.

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The first reference to the toponym “Dilijan”

The first reference to the toponym “Dilijan”

The name "Dilijan" was first mentioned in written records of the travel notes of the French traveler Jean Chardin in 1672 in the XVII century. Dilijan was also mentioned in one of the letters of A.S. Griboyedov, who was describing his journey from Tiflis to Erivan and wrote about his overnight stay in Dilijan on February 2, 1819.

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Dilijan receives the status of a resort city

Dilijan receives the status of a resort city

In 1938 Dilijan received the status of an urban settlement, and in 1958 Dilijan finally officially received the status of a resort city of republican subordination.

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The development of modern Dilijan

The development of modern Dilijan

Modern Dilijan is one of the most touristic cities of the independent Republic of Armenia. At the moment, the city claims to become not only a touristic but also a financial, technological, and educational hub in the region. On our website, you can find out about the evolution and development of modern Dilijan.

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