Goris: The Attractive Tourist Center in Armenia

Goris: The Attractive Tourist Center in Armenia

The historical center of Goris is being restored within the framework of Local economy and infrastructure development program, co-financed by the Government of Armenia and with the help of World Bank loan. The project singled out 36 monuments and buildings of community significance of XIX-XX centuries, which are preserved examples of unique Goris architecture.

The buildings of historical-architectural value of Goris are mainly two-storey, sometimes one-storey, with a basement, built on red lines. The yards and adjacent plots of land are located at the back of the buildings, which are built of local rough basalt stone, decorated with artistic plaster typical of Goris, also called "barkash". The buildings have open wooden balconies with wooden or metal bars, semi-arched openings of double doors and windows, made of polished stone, wooden gates, red sheet metal sloping roofs. The exterior facades of the old houses in Goris are distinguished by their simplicity and are in harmony with each other and with nature. Since ancient times Goris has been an administrative, commercial and handicraft center. That is why these buildings were, as the Chief Architect of Goris said “profitable houses”. The first floors were commercial, handicraft and service areas, the second floors were residential areas and guest houses. At present, the historical buildings of Goris are mostly in a deplorable condition. The works have started already within the program, and they include: replacing the roofs, doors and windows of these buildings, strengthening the buildings, the historic appearance of the facades, and restoring the balconies and wooden gates.

The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure informs that everything has been done and will be done to preserve the purity of the historical core of Goris: “The project for the restoration of the historical core of Goris was developed by "Mastara" architectural studio, discussed and approved by the Scientific-Methodological Council of Culture, Sports, Youth Affairs and the State Committee for Urban Development. Public discussions were also organized in Goris”. At the moment, according to the Chief Architect of Goris, 30% of the work has been done, but the result is already impressive and obvious. The program also envisages the reconstruction of the main streets adjacent to the historical center. The worn-out curbs of the pavements will be replaced with new basalt stones, the walkways of the central streets will be paved with basalt stones, restoring the former appearance, the bicycle lanes will be marked using different colors of stones, the street lighting columns will be changed, and all engineering networks will be reinstalled underground. The surface drainage and water supply systems will be renovated, the open drainage canals will be cleaned and restored. According to the work schedule, the reconstruction of historical core of the city will be completed in summer 2021.