Lichk

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For the town in Syunik province, see Lichk, Syunik.
Lichk
Լիճք
The village of Lichk.
The village of Lichk.
Lichk  Լիճք is located in Armenia
Lichk  Լիճք
Lichk
Լիճք
Coordinates: 40°09′49″N 45°13′40″E / 40.16361°N 45.22778°E / 40.16361; 45.22778Coordinates: 40°09′49″N 45°13′40″E / 40.16361°N 45.22778°E / 40.16361; 45.22778
Country Armenia
Province Gegharkunik
Founded 1830
Government
 • Mayor Gnel Grigoryan
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,467

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.

Controversy[edit]

Residents attempt to repair damage to the village spring.

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.[citation needed]

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