Alley in old town Meghri

Meghri is a city in Southern Armenia. Although the village of nearby Agarak is technically the crossing point into Iran, this is the last major centre and the gateway for those entering. The sheer jagged brown mountains here jut up from the thick waters of the Arax River. The old mud adobe architecture of the city is crumbling, much of it replaced with Soviet, but parts of it remain for those who want a taste of a town with a very middle eastern flair. There are a few churches, 2 of them are in very good condition and absolutely covered in frescoes inside. A series of fortress/fortifications above the city are some of the most recent in Armenia, only a couple of centuries old.

Get in

Marshutni/bus, car, taxi from all points north in Armenia.

One bus per day to Yerevan (9-10 hrs, and it might not be available each day) and another one to Kapan (1.5 hrs).

From the border crossing with Iran

Take a taxi to Agarak border crossing, it's a 8km ride and costs 2,000. Cross the border and arrange a taxi (10-15$) or hitch a ride with an Iranian trucker to Jolfa - first Iranian city having proper transport options.

Get around

By foot or car/taxi.


Surp Hovhannes monastery
Holy Mother of God church
Saint Sarkis church
Meghri fortress

The old churches, the older sections of town which surround them, the fortresses, the Arax River.



Food can be ordered in B&Bs as well as in a few barbecue joints along the road.


Go next

Routes through Meghri

Kapan  N  S  Ends at
Irani border

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