Dilijan (Armenian: Դիլիջան; also Romanized as Dilizhan, Dilichan, Dilidjan, and Tilichan) is a spa town in Armenia, located in the northern Armenian province of Tavush. It is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive city is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities. The city's population is steadily declining from the 23,700 reported in the 1989 census, to 14,846 in the 2001 census, with an estimated 15,600 by 2009.
Dilijan National Park, occupying 24,000 ha, is located in the North-Eastern part of the Republic of Armenia, in Tavush province (marz). Dilijan National Park is well known for its forest landscapes, rich biodiversity, medicinal mineral water springs, natural and cultural monuments. It is one of the two existing national parks in the Republic of Armenia.
Dilijan's most popular religious site is the Haghartsin Monastery, which is 12 kilometers east of the city and consists of three churches and a dining hall. The monastery was built in the Middle Ages. The oldest of the monastery's churches, St. Gregory, was built in the 10th century. The other churches, St. Stepanos and St. Astvatsatsin, date back to the 13th century. There are a number of khachkars in the complex.
Dilijan is among the most favorite destinations for tourists who are visiting Armenia. It has numerous luxury hotels, restaurants and sanatoriums of high level, which create the chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and the historical sites. The town is also rich in its mineral curing water fountains
Dilijan City Stadium is an all-seater stadium in Dilijan, Armenia. It is the only stadium in the city and is currently used for football matches and considered the home ground of Impuls FC Dilijan which competes in the Super league of Armenian football. It has a capacity of 2,000 seats.
Lake Parz (Armenian: Պարզ Լիճ) is a small lake located in the Dilijan National Park east of Dilijan in Armenia.
In the upper reaches of the Agstev river, there are Haghartsin and Goshavank (Գոշավանք), the monastery ensembles of the Dilijan district. They are situated in dense oak woods, in the gorges of small but turbulent mountain rivers. The local terrain and scenery determined the compositional peculiarities of these ensembles. Neither Haghardzin, nor Goshavank have walls, and their structures are surrounded with verdure and peasants' homes, some being a rather long distance away from the main temples of the ensembles.
Numerous religious and monumental civil buildings show that in the twelfth—thirteenth centuries the monasteries were throbbing with life. It would be appropriate here to note that Goshavank was erected in place of an older monastery, Ghetik, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, outstanding scientist and writer, an author of numerous fables and parables and of the first criminal code, took part in building the monastery, which was known as Goshavank in his honor.
The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.
In the 1800s, the age-old Armenian city of Dilijan was known as a blossoming centre of culture, commerce and cuisine. In order to enjoy the region's picturesque landscape, wealthy vacationers from Tbilisi and Baku and beyond flocked to Dilijan in increasing numbers, giving the town a international culture. In 2004, Tufenkian began restoring the historical district (Sharambeyan Street) of modern-day Dilijan, and you are invited to experience the city as it was in the 19th century. The intricately carved balconies so typical of 19th century Dilijan display the regions historical love for fine woodwork. Old Dilijan's Esayan museum recreates a typical 19th century Dilijan home, from household textiles to hand crafted musical instruments common to the region.
Tufenkian's Ananov guesthouse gives you a chance to enjoy Dilijan in native luxury. The high vaulted ceilings, understated handmade chandeliers and intricately detailed handmade carpets of the Old Dilijan's "Haykanoush Restaurant" recall a typical Dilijani dining room.
On the streets of Old Dilijan , visitors are immersed in the finest culture of an earlier time. Specialized workshops and studios sell jewelry, clothing, carpets, ceramics and woodcarvings.