Old Koth Hin Koth Shinuhayr Armenia Machu Picchu

Armenia: A Hike to Old Koth, Armenias Machu Picchu

In the East of Armenia, not far from the borders to Iran and Azerbaijan, on the left bank of Vorotan River near to the small dusty town of Shinuhayr at an altitude of 1500m lies Old Koth (Hin Koth or Old Shinuhayr), Armenias Machu Picchu. Being much older than its southamerican twin town – the church dates back to the 12th century and the burial grounds even to the 2nd and 1st century BC – Old Koth was left in the 1970th due to the disadvantageous area and the inhabitants moved away to enjoy the benefits of a better infrastructure. Maybe it is this bloodless history which makes it less interesting?

At least there is the legend of the builder of the church who is said to be an Armenian women who fled from the harem of Abbas the First of Persia. May the tourism office of Shinuhayr make something out of that.

Rosas Haiku:
Die Menschen sind fort
Tod wird vom Widder bewacht
Die Schnecken bleiben

DSC_0417DSC_0424DSC_0421DSC_0435DSC_0443DSC_0430DSC_0449DSC_0456DSC_0484DSC_0437DSC_0473DSC_0476DSC_0480 KopieDSC_0462DSC_0496DSC_0510DSC_0522DSC_0529DSC_0546DSC_0519DSC_0554DSC_0560DSC_0565DSC_0575DSC_0593DSC_0577DSC_0579DSC_0587DSC_0600DSC_0604DSC_0612DSC_0616



Location: Shinuhayr – direction to the Valley of Vorotan – along the edge of the gorge (not too close :-)) – back to Shinuhayr / Distance: 12,8 km | 882m elevation / Weather: 32 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 18-105mm lens.


2 thoughts on “Armenia: A Hike to Old Koth, Armenias Machu Picchu

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s