About Sisian

  • Shaki waterfall near Sisian
     Shaki waterfall near Sisian
The town of Sisian and its surroundings are very beautiful. Here one may see and admire the magnificent Shaki waterfall, and the mysterious stones of Karahunj which have not revealed their secret yet. Also, one may study the remains of Tanahat monastery, Syuni Church, and Vorotnaberd fortress, built by the Armenian masters of stone masonry. One may have a rest near the Spandaryan reservoir listening to the sweet voice of Armenian mountain breezes. 

The town of Sisian is located in the southeast of Armenia, at a distance of 217 km from Yerevan, on the right side of the highway to Goris, on the right and left banks of the babbling Vorotan River. 

Sisian sits at an elevation of 1614 meters above sea level. It is the fourth highest in elevation after the towns of Gavar, Sevan,Jermuk and Kajaran. The town covers 8 km2 with a population of about 18 thousand people. 
The landscape here is rather picturesque. Sisian is bounded by Ishkhanasar mountain to the north, and by the Syunik Highlands in the southeast. The eastern and western sides are covered with meadows and pastures that are infused with flowers.

There are many cold springs in the vicinity of Sisian. Multiple springs form the Shaki river. The relatively old part of Sisian, which is located on the left bank of the Vorotan river, lies partly on the mountain slopes, partly on a flat river valley. The new part of the town is located entirely on the right bank of the river.
The climate in Sisian is cold. It is no coincidence that local people are known in Armenia for their tolerance of the cold. Winter is long. Snow remains on the ground for a good four months. The average temperature in January is about -50C, and the absolute lowest temperature -340C. Summer is moderately warm, the average temperature in July is + 170C, and the highest temperature recorded is + 360C. 

 Sisian was known in ancient times as a settlement. An ancient tomb found in the town's vicinity is at least 2000 years old. The tomb contained a jar, clay bowls, and bronze rings. In the Middle Ages, Sisian was known as Suny, and then Sisavan. The town was renamed Sisian in 1940. According to one tradition, the town of Sisian bears the name of the Hayk forefather's grandson Sisak.

Sisian received town status only in 1970. Today Sisian is a comfortable town where visitors will feel at home. 
The streets, which are abundantly lined with trees, run in straight lines and they cross each other at right angles, making the town look like a big chessboard. There are five-storied apartment buildings and one- and two-story mansions here. Sisian has a rich cultural life. One may see works by well-known Armenian painters and sculptors, as well as works by local artists in the Sisian Art Gallery, a branch of the National Art Gallery of Armenia and an art school. There is the Sisian Museum of History named after Nikoghos Adonts (a famous Armenian historian, specialist of Byzantine and Armenian studies), 
where one can find a huge amount of archaeological and ethnographic items found in the region. 
Cool weather, fresh air, beautiful nature, historical and cultural sites will help a visitor to escape the summer heat and provide conditions for wonderful vacations in Sisian and its surrounding areas.