- For the town in Syunik province, see Lichk, Syunik.
The village of Lichk.
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Lichk (Armenian: Լիճք, formerly known as Gyol) is a major village located south of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. Although the village was founded in 1830, there are ruins of earlier habitation including remains of a medieval town. There are also the ruins of the early Tsaghkavank which sit adjacent to the church of S. Astvatsatsin. Tsaghkavank overlooks the town of Lichk upon a hill, and the portion that remains is a circular cylindrical wall with a very small entry. The church of S. Astvatsatsin is a small basilica with some broken khachkars and gravestones embedded into its walls. There is a 13th-century cemetery with numerous khachkars that sits on the same hill as the two churches. Nearby is a cyclopean fort.
On August 7, 2013 a spring that had supplied mineral water for the village of Lichk was destroyed without the consent of the townspeople. The artesian well had been drilled approximately 40 years ago by Soviet engineers, and had been used by residents of the village since then. Many people had used the naturally carbonated spring daily as a main source of drinking water or in hopes of curing certain ailments. A contract was secured through the local government by a businessman to construct a bottling plant at the site to produce soft drinks. Construction began in early August and the dome of the spring, created by minerals in the water, was destroyed. Residents of the village protested the move made by the local government, and took back control of their spring. Restoration efforts are currently underway so that residents may begin to use the source of water again.
- Lichk at GEOnet Names Server
- World Gazeteer: Armenia – World-Gazetteer.com
- Report of the results of the 2001 Armenian Census, National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia
- Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide, Yerevan, Armenia: Matit Graphic Design Studio
- Brady Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 45; original archived at Archive.org, and current version online on Armeniapedia.org.
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