One of the beauties of Armenian nature is situated in one of the picturesque corners of nature at 3 km to North-West from the city of Sisian. This region is known for its wonderful monuments of nature, the treasure among which is Shaqe waterfall on the rivulet of Vorotan River.
Certainly, the beauty of the waterfall is beyond doubts, but there is also an emotive story connected with the name of waterfall.
Legend tells that in ancient times a beautiful young girl with black eyes and long curly hair lived in one of the mountainous settlements of Sisian. Her name was Shaqe. At that time Armenia’s adversary mongol-tatar troops invaded the region of Syunik. Being charmed with the beauty of Armenian highlands their commander expresses a desire to get married with the most beautiful girl of Armenia. He sends his servants to find the most beautiful girl of the region. So, travelling from village to village they saw Shaqe. Being refused from the girl the servants decided to kidnap her. An Armenian girl of freedom-loving spirit couldn’t become the captive of the commander of the Armenia’s enemy. And she escaped… Running to the gorge of Vorotan River Shaqe noticed the invaders pursuing her, and then suddenly saw the cliff in front of her. To get rid of pursuit she threw herself to the gorge making a decision to live free in people’s memories forever. During the fall, her long dress is revealed from the wind and turned into a waterfall. This is merely a beautiful and touching story of how the waterfall was named in honor of Shaqe, but today we can notice the magnificent look of the waterfall to see its waters rushing down constantly. The massive waters of this picturesque waterfall, rushing down from the height of 18 meters.