Aghtsk

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Coordinates: 40°18′59″N 44°15′13″E / 40.31639°N 44.25361°E / 40.31639; 44.25361

Aghtsk
Աղձք
Aghtsk is located in Armenia
Aghtsk
Aghtsk
Coordinates: 40°18′59″N 44°15′13″E / 40.31639°N 44.25361°E / 40.31639; 44.25361
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Aragatsotn
Elevation 1,260 m (4,130 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,785
Time zone   (UTC+4)

Aghtsk (Armenian: Աղձք, formerly, Akhs, Akis and Dzorap - Armenian: Ձորափ) is a village on the slopes of Mount Aragats in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It is home to the Arshakid Mausoleum, a large grave monument complex and basilica of the 4th to 5th centuries. King Shapur II of Persia exhumed the bones of the Armenian kings and took them to Persia symbolically taking Armenia's power. When Sparapet Vassak Mamikonian defeated the Persians and reclaimed the bones of the Arshakuni monarchs, he buried them at Aghtsk. Remains of the monuments and the basilica may still to be seen.

Aghtsk is the birthplace of Catholicos Komitas I of Armenia (6th century-628).

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Panorama view of Mount Ararat and the Ararat plain from Dzorap

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