Satani kamurj or Devil’s bridge is a natural bridge formed from travertine and is one of the most astonishing wonders of Armenia. Around Satani Kamurj, there is another famous site, Tatev Monastery.
There are many picturesque places to sightsee in Armenia that have archeological, cultural and environmental importance.
One of these natural wonders of Armenia is the Devil’s bridge.
There are numerous bridges named “Devil’s Bridge” around the world, such as in Bulgaria, France, Switzerland, Spain, etc.
Each of these Devil’s Bridges has a corresponding myth about its origin, purpose and significance and the Armenian Devil’s bridge is not an exception.
In Armenia, it is also called Satani Kamurj.
Satani Kamurj: The Miracle of Devil’s Bridge
One of the most mesmerizing masterpieces of nature in Armenia is Satani Kamurj. As you can guess from the name of the bridge, it is far away from being a simple one, on the contrary, it is very unique and enigmatic.
Are you interested in learning how did the bridge appear? Then keep on reading!
It mostly consists of travertine. During many centuries, huge masses of limestone assembled together and eventually helped to form and “build” this bridge. Satani kamurj is about 30m long and 50-60m wide.
Along the edges of the bridge stalactites are loosely hanging which give the view more fantastic and fascinating look. The area below the bridge resembles to a catchy stalactite cave.
Stalactites were made of pure mineral water springs which pour into Vorotan River making it look more abundant. The locals call the bridge Satani kamurj but in English translation it sounds like Devil’s bridge.
Looking at the bridge people can’t help saying that it is the devil’s work. As it is known, this kind of bridges are considered to be built by the devil, as it seems unbelievable that they are constructed by ordinary people.
Maybe the following can also be a reason that people called the bridge Satani kamurj. As you look at the bridge it seems that it has a small and thin river flowing under it, whereas at second sight it appears to be a deeper river flowing from the bridge.
Satani Kamurj: Tourist Information
The Devil’s bridge is located in the Syunik marz in the Canyon of Vorotan River below Tatev Monastery. It should be noted that with such a depth, the canyon is so narrow that even sun rays can’t reach the bridge.
Syunik region is located in the southern part of the country and depending on your budget you can get there by tour van, private taxi or take public transport; the latest will be the cheapest option.
There are some very affordable and renovated hotels to stay in Syinuk. Costs for hotel range from 8.000 AMD to 18.000 AMD and more. So, you have great variety of opportunities to choose the one, that will suit you the best.
One of the most convenient and nicely furnished hotels of the city of Goris is Mina Hotel. The hotel has 22 rooms that have private bathrooms, hot and cold water, TV satellite, hair dryer, cable internet connection and many other facilities. Prices of the rooms range from 18.000Amd to 38.000 AMD.
Another convenient option for staying in Syunik is Darist Hotel. It has 40 comfortable rooms each with its necessary furnishings. Prices of the rooms range from 8.000AMD to 25.000AMD.
Satani Kamurj: Masterpiece of Nature
Devil’s bridge is a great example to demonstrate the peak of nature’s creativity. The bridge is surrounded by mountainous springs due to which the rocks of the canyon are painted in pink, yellow and green colors.
The temperature of waters of these springs is 25 degrees. In some parts where there are warm mineral water pools, people like to have hot baths, not only for enjoying themselves, but also for medical purposes. It is believed that these mineral waters are curative for rheumatic diseases and hold therapeutic properties.
The bridge had strategic significance for Syuniq’s liberation struggle. Satani kamurj is quite dangerous and crossing it will be an unforgettable life experience. If you have that courage and love taking challenges of nature, then go for it!
The stunning beauty of Vorotan “gorge with pools” will always be a nice choice and you will never regret seeing it!
What to See on the Way to Satani Kamurj?
Syuniq region is considered to be the most gorgeous and picturesque area of Armenia. Here are located all the beautiful and must-see sights, so you will never regret visiting it, moreover it will be one of the most memorable parts of your Armenian tour.
Take notes for yourself, because now we will offer you some other interesting places to visit on your way to the Devil’s bridge.
On the Way to Satani Kamurj: Shaki Waterfall
Not far away from Sisian, is Shaki waterfall that is hidden in a rocky gorge. The waterfall is so mysterious that there are some legends connected with it. The district of the waterfall is full of ancient findings that have a great archeological value.
On the Way to Satani Kamurj: Tatev Monastery and Ropeway
Tatev monastery is another “must-see” sight of the Syunik region. It is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located in Tatev village on the right bank of the gorge of the Vorotan River.
Tatev monastery complex was included to the list of World Heritage Sites of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The left bank of the gorge Vorotan is connected with the cableway “Wings of Tatev”.
Yes, you’re not mistaken! It is the longest non-stop double track cable car, 5.7 km long that takes about 11 minutes to pass.
On the Way to Satani Kamurj: Khndzoresk Bridge
We finally got to Khndzoresk cave city, which is located in Syuniq region, not far away from Goris. It is widely known for its canyon with fascinating rock formations and ancient cave settlement.
Khndzoresk Bridge connects the two banks of the so-called old and new Khndzoresk villages. The 160-meter long bridge can hold 700 people at the same time. Some people may be scared to step on the bridge, but those who are fond of extremes will eagerly admire the bridge.
Anyway, we assure you, there is nothing to be scared about, it is absolutely safe!
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