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Provinces of Armenia

Province

Territory
/square km/

Province center

Distance from Yerevan
/km/

Aragatsotn

2737

Ashtarak

20

Ararat

1995

Artashat

29

Armavir

1251

Armavir

48

Gegharkunik

4058

Gavar

98

Kotayk

2038

Hrazdan

50

Lori

3750

Vanadzor

125

Shirak

2643

Giumri

155

Siunik

4475

Kapan

316

Tavoush

2695

Ijevan

137

Vayots Dzor

2308

Yeghegnadzor

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aragatsotn

The province of Aragatsotn is located in the West of the Republic of Armenia, on the South-Eastern, Southern, Eastern and Northern slopes of the group of Aragats mountains, including the territory between Aragats highlands and Pambak and Tsakhkuniats mountains, on 1000-4090 meters of altitude above the sea level. The province is famous for its picturesque sites. The highest peak in the Republic – Aragats/4096/ is in Aragatsotn province. Kazakh, Amberd, Geghagor and other small rivers flow through the territory of the province. Ashtarak town is the province center which is one the most ancient settlements full of historical architectural monuments constructed in different periods(II millennium B.C. to XVIII A.D.) The most interesting and attractive monuments are churches Tsiranavor(X-XIII), Karmravor(VII–XIX), Marine(1281), St. Sargis(XIII) and Spitakavor(XIII).

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Ararat

The Ararat province is situated in the western part of Armenia, to the south of Yerevan. The main road stretches out through the territory of the province along the left bank of Araks River and Mount Ararat(5165m). According to Bible Ararat is connected with the name of Noah, whose name symbolizes the new history of humanity. The eastern part of the province is mountainous, and is covered by the Khosrov forest. It has artificial origin and the trees were planted in 330. Now the forest is a national park, and it is famous for its representatives of flora and fauna included in the red book. The province is rich in architectural monuments like the Aghdjots Monastery (XIIIc.), Havouts Tar(X-XVIII cc.), Menats Monastery (VI-XV c.), Kakavaberd(IV-XII c BC). One should visit the province and walk around the valleys and the mountains covered with forests, and enjoy hunting and fishing, and also bird-watching.

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Armavir

Province of Armavir is located to the South of Aragatsotn Province and was named after one of the first capitals of Armenia – Armavir. Armavir lies between mountains Ararat and Aragats and is a part of Ararat valley. The territory of the province is 850 – 1000 meters above the sea level. Architecture was highly developed here since prehistoric times. Among the numerous evidences are the ruins of cyclopean fortresses, burial places and palace buildings. Metsamor has a history of 7000 years, town-fortress Argishtikhili (VIII B.C.-IV A.D.). Echmiatsin – Vagharshapat is in some 15 minutes distance from the present capital Yerevan, and was known since 570–560 B.C. After the adoption Christianity, Armenian king Trdat III destroyed the pagan temple in Vagharshapat and founded in its place the Mother Cathedral of St. Echmiatsin – the first official church in the Christian word. On the territory of the complex many other buildings of mainly civil nature were later added up: a refectory, the apartments of the catholicos, a lyceum, the guest house of the church. Hripsime (618), Gayane(630) churches and Zvartnots Cathedral(643-652) were also built in the immediate vicinity of Vagharshapat. All three are very impressive and are considered to be the masterpieces of the Armenian architecture. There are also a number of museums, an art gallery and the Treasury of the St. Echmiatsin Cathedral in Echmiadsin-Vagharshapat.

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Gegharkunik

The province of Gegharkunik is situated in the eastern part of Armenia, at 1500 – 1900 m above the sea level. Lake Sevan, the emerald of Armenia, is situated in the center of the province. Sevan is a fresh water lake. It has an almost magnetic power to attract tourists. The peninsula, together with its monastery is one of the secrets of the nature, in the course of the centuries it sometimes turns into an island and vice versa. It is hard to imagine the island of Sevan(now it is a peninsula) without the Sevan Monastery. The complex consists of three churches. According to the historic records it was built in 874. Sevan is one of the highest among the freshwater lakes in the world. Some three dozen streamlets pour into it. There is only one river that origins from the lake – Hrazdan. The Sevan basin is rich with archeological and historic monuments. The archeologists have discovered here objects dating back to III – II millennium B.C. On the left of the main road leading to the town of Kamo is the church of Hairavank(IX-X cc.) – the perfect example of the harmony of architecture and nature.

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Kotayk

North to the capital Yerevan is the province of Kotayk, with the center Hrazdan. One third of the territory is covered with woods, and the climate is mild. Hrazdan River flows along the whole territory of the province. The village of Arzni, famous for its mineral water is situated in the canyon of Hrazdan River. Tsakhadzor is considered to be the gemstone of the province. It is famous for its sports complex, richly equipped with various sports facilities necessary for summer and winter sports, a swimming pool and a skating rink. The snow-covered hills attract lots of winter sports fans. The famous religious and educational center Kecharis monastery(XI-XIII) is in the north-west of the town, on the mountainside of Pambak mount-chain. 35 km to south from Yerevan on the upright side of the Azat canyon is located the biggest village of Armenia Garni. There are numerous cross-stones, tombstones, frescoed churches of Sourp Astvatsatsin or Mashtots Hairapet, Sourp Sarkis(XVIIc.) and the bridge on Azat river (built in X-XII cc.). One of the most outstanding monuments of the Hellenistic period is the citadel and the pagan temple of Garni that used to be the royal summer-residence. The exact date of the construction is unknown, although the Movses Khorenatsi mentions in his the History of Armenians that in the I c. B.C. the temple had already been built and King Trdat III reconstructed it into summer-residence in 289-330 AD.
5 km east of Garni, in the deep canyon of Goght, the runnel of Azat River, in the ancient times caves and cells were carved in the rocks that later served the base for Monastery of Geghard. The main Monastery complex was built in XIII c. Nowadays Monastery of Geghard is an acting church and open museum with its rock-carved cells and cross-stones.

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Lori

The Lori province is situated in the north-east of Armenia, with Vanadzor as center. Pambak, Dzoraget, Aghstev and Debed rivers flow across the territory of the Province. It is rich in wild fruit, forests, fertile fields, lakes and cool springs. The rich cultural heritage of the province dates back to ages. The monastery complex of Khoranakert built in X-XIII cc. is high in the rocks of Lalvar mountain. On the high upland of the town of Alaverdi, on the right bank of Debed River is situated the village of Sanahin, which is connected with the main roads by the bridge of 1192, the oldest engineering construction preserved to the present day. The Sanahin monastery complex, built in X-XII cc., is on the territory of the village. It is considered to be one of the most interesting architectural solutions. Describing Sanahin is not an easy task, one must see it. The monastery complex of Hakhpat, X-XIIIcc., is on the distance of 5 km from Sanahin. The famous Cathedral of Odzoun(VI-VIIcc.) is in the south of Alaverdi. In the woods of Lori you can everywhere see the traces of ancient settlements and fortresses, monastery complexes and churches. The Lori fortress is a brilliant sample of Armenian architecture.

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Shirak

The province Shirak is situated on the left bank of Akhurian River. It is famous for its rich fertile soil and cool climate. The air in the province is fresh and the flora is prairie-type: in the river valleys grow Acacia, Master-tree, Jack-tree and other trees. There are lots of springs in the province. The province center is Giumri, located in the center of Shirak highland, on the height of 1550m. above the sea level. The archeologists confirm that the Giumri area was inhabited around a million years ago. Greek historian Xenophon for the first time has mentioned Ghiumri as a locality in the VII-VI cc. B.C. The city is proud of its 3 Armenian and 1 Russian monasteries. The town Artik is known as the center of tufa mines. Armenian tufa is famous for its around forty color shades. On the left bank of Akhourian River you can find the monastery complex of Marmashen built in 988-1029. On the right bank of the Akhourian canyon you will see one of the former powerful Armenian capitals – Ani.

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Siunik

The province of Syunik isconsidered to be the southern gates of Armenia, surrounded by mountain –chains of Zangezour, Meghri and Siunik highland.The highest point of the province is the peak of Mets Ishkhanasar(h.3552m.), the lowest point is the valley of Araks river(400m.). The high-water rivers Meghri, Voghdji, and Vorotan flow across the province.The province center Kapan is situated at 750 m above the sea level. Pictures carved on the rocks in V-IV milleniums B.C. testify to the fact that people lived here from time immemorial. You can find the whole spectrum of Armenian fauna in these pictures. One of the ancient construcrions is the monastery of Tanahat(Vc.) built in the place Urartian pagan temple. Khndzoresk village looks like almost vertical multi-story rocky amphitheater.The province is famous for its constructions and monuments as basaltic Sisavan(Vic.), Vorotnavank(IX-XIcc.) and other monasteries and complexes. Nothing can be compared with the Monastery complex of Tatev(IX-XIIIcc.), that dominates over Siunik from height. Medieval Siunik was rich with fortresses: Baghaberd(IV c.), Halidzor(XVII c.).

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Tavoush

The province of Tavoush is situated in the northern part of Armenia. Rocky hillsides and flat peaks are typical of these places. Most of the part of the territory is on the height of 800-1700m above the sea level. Landscapes are mostly woody-mountainous and dry mountainous prairie. The woods lie along the hills at the height of 600-2900 m above the sea level with more than 120 kinds of trees. The fauna is rich too. The valley is rich with mountainous springs, small rivers, lakes and mineral waters. Ijevan is the Province center. The medieval settlements, fortresses and monastery complexes preserved in the neighborhood of Ijevan, come to prove that the valley was densely populated in early middle ages. One of the most flourishing towns of Armenia is Dilidjan, a famous health resort and cultural center. Built in the most attractive corners of the nature the monastery complexes of Goshavank(XII-XIII cc.), Haghartsin (XI-XIII cc.), Makaravank (XI-XIII cc.), Voskepar(VI-VII cc.), Mshavank(XII cc.), Nor Varagavank (XII-XIII cc.), Khoranaghat (XIII cc.) and various other monuments are considered to be the adornments of Tavoush.

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Vayots Dzor

Vayots Dzor is one the Southern provincees of Armenia. The most part of its territory is upland without woods and only 20% of the soil is being cultivated. The province is 1000-2300 m high above the sea level. The province center Yeghegnadzor is situated on the bank of Arpa river. The town is full of fruit – trees. In Yeghegnadzor there are monuments preserved from I millenium B.C. to XVII c. and there is a Museum of Regional Ethnography. The Monastery complex of Noravank(XII-XVI cc.) is located in Noravank canyon, in the southern part of the province. In the province you will also find several remnants of ancient settlements as Yeghegis(V-XIII cc.), Mogh (II millennium BC-XV c. AD), the famous Proshaberd(XIII c.), Smbataberd(X-XIII c.), the fortress Berdakar(V c.) and the fortress Kechout (X-XIV cc.). Djermouk is a small resort townin the zone of favorable climatic conditions, with cool summers and mild winters. Djermouk is surrounded by woods and alpine meadows. The mineral water Djermouk is famous with its chemical and physical composition.

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Map of provinces RA


Ararat Mountain


Sahmosavank Monastery


Mother Cathedral of St. Echmiatsin IV-XIII


Gayane Churche, (630)


Hripsime Churche, (618)


Hairavank(IX-X cc.)


Lake Sevan


Monastery Sevanavank (874)


Temple of Garni, 1st century AD


Monastery of Geghard, , XII-XIII


Marmashen monastery complex


Complexe of Goshavank


Haghartsin XII-XIII


Vayots Dzor
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