About Meghri

  • The castle of Meghri
     The castle of Meghri
Meghri is situated at the southernmost point of Armenia, in the hottest part of the country.
 
Here one may see the famous fortress of Meghri, a medieval Armenian monument of unique architectural composition, and the Church St. Astvatsatsin, a 17th century basilica, with its splendid murals.
 
Lake Meghri is one of the most beautiful corners of the magnificent nature here.
 
The town of Meghri lies on the right and left banks of the river Meghri, and is divided by the river into Mets Tagh (Greater District or Community) and Pokr Tagh (Smaller Community). 


 Megri is the southern gate of Armenia, because it is located near the border with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The highway connecting the two countries passes through Meghri.
Megri is a small town with a population of about 7 thousand people. It covers only 2.6 square kilometers, stretching from the Araks river, which separates Armenia and Iran, to Mount Baghats.  Megri sits at a height of 350 meters above sea level - one of the lowest elevations in the country. The climate in Meghri is dry and warm. The annual average temperature is 140C. The lowest temperature recorded was -220 C, and the highest - +420 C. The average precipitation is only 250 mm, most of the rain falling in spring.
 
Though Meghri received town status only at the end of the last century, it was known to be a settlement in ancient times. A number of Bronze Age archeological finds were discovered in the town and surrounding areas. In ancient times the area of the current town was named Arevik (sun) or Arevyats province, which was associated with sun worship.  
 
One version of the origin of Meghri's name is also associated with the worship of the sun.  Some believe it derives from  "Mihr," deity of sun and light.
However, most beautiful is the traditional legend about the origin of Meghri’s name. The legend recounts how Arhak II, the King of Armenia, as he was passing though the town, drank the local wine and exclaimed: "It does not taste like wine, it tastes like honey."
In the 11th century a fortress was built on the six hills of Meghri. Today the ruins of the fortress leave a deep impression on travelers.

One such famous traveler, Frederic DuBois De Montpereux, visited Meghri in 1830 and wrote with delight about the town and its gardens, calling it a paradise. From the mid-20th century Meghri grew into a nice, comfortable town. Fruit cultivation and wine making are well developed here. Meghri residents, being born gardeners, have always grown aromatic fresh fruit. The gifts of local gardens - figs, pomegranates, quinces, grapes, peaches - are complemented with tropical persimmons, kiwis, and olives.

There are canning and wine factories in Meghri, the products of which are very popular and well-known outside of Armenia.

Cultural life in the town is also lively. A branch of the Aesthetic Educational Center is here.

Though Meghri is a remote corner of Armenia, it has great potential for tourism development.
Historical and cultural sites, national cuisine, friendly and hospitable people are always ready to welcome their guests with open hearts. Here visitors can stay in modern comfortable hotels or they can rent private houses equipped with all necessary amenities.