Bridge of Chapni

The bridge (passage width: 4.10 metres) lies over the river Lev, at the south-eastern edge of Chapni Village (Karvajar District, Republic of Artsakh (RMK)), which is distinguished for an abundance of historical monuments—a village site, a church, a belfry also housing a funerary memorial, as well as a cemetery of cross-stones.

At present the right-bank pier—fortified with a semi-cylindrical tower in the current-resisting facade (i.e. the facade looking up-stream)—is the only vestige of this bridge, which probably used to represent a single-span structure of undressed and hewn stone (the latter only in the part of the vault-bearing arch).

The composition and building peculiarities of the bridge of Chapni trace it back to the period between the 12th and 13th centuries.

Geographical coordinates: N 40°13°41.46,°° E 46°09°57.25.°°