Situated at an elevation of 1250-1350 meters above sea level, the village of Dsegh, surrounded by forested mountain slopes and deep canyons, is one of the highlights of the Debed canyon. Although the current name of the village was first mentioned in the 15th century, several sources suggest that the area was inhabited from ancient times. Dsegh is a famous village in Armenia for it is the birthplace of Armenia’s national poet Hovhannes Tumanyan. The house of the Tumanyan family, where the poet was born, today operates as a museum frequently visited by locals from all over Armenia, making the village a popular tourist destination.

There are many cultural and historical sites in and around the village. A unique All Savior khachkar dated back to 1281 is located in the old cemetery of Dsegh.

Another cross-stone, called Sirun Khach (Beautiful Cross), created in 1251 is located outside the village on the edge of the Marts gorge. Two medieval monasteries, the 13th-century Monastery of Forty Saints and the 10th-13th cc. Bardzrakash St. Gregory monastery, are located on the slopes of the canyons surrounding the village. Both are accessible via marked hiking trails. Another trail will take you to the Tsover Lake, a natural pond about 3 km southeast of the village.

Being a popular tourist destination, Dsegh offers several guest houses and b&bs for staying overnight. A new addition to the hospitality network of the village is the “WOW Glamping” campsite, offering comfortable accommodation in large tents above the village, with some stunning views of surrounding landscapes.

What to see in Dsegh

Hovhannes Tumanyan House-Museum
Bardzrakash St. Gregory Monastery
Sirun Khach cross-stone
Monastery of Forty Saints
All-Savior cross-stone
Tsover Lake