Lori is located on Armenia’s northern border, the largest in area of Armenia’s eleven regions. Bounded on all sides by rugged mountains and cut by sheer gorges, Lori is a dramatically beautiful region, sparsely settled except for the valleys of the Pambak, Debed and Dzoraget rivers. Apart from richly furnished Bronze and Iron Age tombs (Lori Berd, Vanadzor) the early history of the region is little documented, but its prehistoric  and medieval  monuments are extremely interesting. This region was incorporated into the Russian Empire in September 1801 as part of Russia’s annexation of Georgia. Lori is home to Haghpat and Kober monasteries-two of Armenia’s loveliest-and a host of other important medieval monuments, to the spectacularly sited Lori Castle (Lori Berd), famous church (dated stylistically to the first half of the 7th c.) and funerary monument in Odzun, to a pleasing Arboretum in Gyulagarak, monastic complexes of Sanahin, Akhtala and to a range of stunning landscapes. Besides the traditional attractions, the monuments and sites that are recommended to visit: new built, impressive S. Astvatsatsin church in Spitak, a ruined single-aisle basilica of the 6-7th c. near Shenavan, cave dwellings of the 12-17th c. near Geghasar, the 7th c. ruined Chichkhanavank monastery in Shirakamut, 7th c. S. Gevorg church in Ghursal, Early Iron Age fortress near Lernapat, Berdategh ruined fort near Bazum, church of 1874 in Gyulagarak, a ruined single-aisle church of the 6th c. in Hobardzi, the 6-7th c. Jgrashen ruined church near Vardablur, the S. Astvatsatsin single-aisle basilica church of the 5th c. in and the Hnevank monastery of the 7-12th c. near Kurtan, 11th c. restored basilica church in Stepanavan, the 5-6th c. ruined S. Astvatsatsin church  and 10-11th c. fountain monument in Agarak, a medieval bridge and the Karmir Khach church of the 13-14th c. in Yaghdan, a medieval cemetery housing the tomb of Prince Tute (1241) near Hovnanadzor, a 13th c. church in Koghes, the 6-7th c. S. Gevorg or Grigor church in Sverdlov, the famous Khuchapi Vank monastery of the 13th c. in Privolnoye, 13th c. fort ruines and architecturally important and unique Khorakert monastery of the 111-12th c. near Jiliza, ruines of old fort near Medovka, the 12-13th c. church in Lernhovit, old bridge and ruined medieval fort in Noramut, the 5-6th c. and 10th c. churches in Metsavan, the 6-5th c. BC fort near Norashen, a ruined church and fort near Sarchapet, the 13-17th c. church with fine khachkars in Vanadzor, the Sisi ruined fortress near Vahagnadzor, the 13-15th c. khachkars in Chkalov, basilica church of 654, medieval cemetery with fine khachkars and funerary pillar of the 7th c., khachkar Sirun Khach of the 13th c., Karasun mankots Vank monastery of the 12th c. and Bardzrakashi S. Grigori Vank monastey of the 12-13th c. in Dsegh, khachkar of 1285 above Marts, Ikataki Vank monastery of 1255 near Ikatak, medieval bridges on the Lorut river, S. Sargis church and a medieval settlement with khachkars near Lorut, 17th c. church and 18th c. fort near Shamut, church in Atan, small church in Arevatsag, church in Tsater, traces of an old fort and Agheg church in Karmir Agheg, the 7th c. Tsiranavor basilica and  the 7-14th c. Horomayr monastery in Odzun, a ruined 12-13th c. church in Hagvi, S. Hovhannes monastery of the 7-17th c. and S. Harutyun church of the 10th c. in Ardvi, ruines of 13-14thc. fortress and S. Nshan Vank church in Kachachkut, S. Gevorg church and Bgavor shrine in Akori, house-museum of the Mikoyan brothers in Sanahin, Kayan Berd fortress of the 13th c. and Dsevanki S. Astvatsatsin church near Akner, Sanahin bridge of 1192 in Alaverdi, khachkars in Neghots, 13th c. spring monument in Akhtala, 13th c. cross-monument in Shamlugh, Shpotavank church of the 17th c. in Chochkan, the 9th c. Kaytson castle, ruined single-aisle church and Terunakan shrine of 1222 near Snogh, the 13th c. Manastefi hermitage, 10-17th c. churches and 13-14th c Vardan Zoravar monument in Teghut. Though lacking a major resort destination, Lori’s importance as the land transport lifeline to Georgia has contributed to the development of a growing number of small hotels and restaurants on the main routes N.