Masis, Armenia

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Coordinates: 40°00′50″N 44°29′09″E / 40.01389°N 44.48583°E / 40.01389; 44.48583

Masis
Մասիս
Masis
Masis
Masis  Մասիս is located in Armenia
Masis  Մասիս
Masis
Մասիս
Coordinates: 40°00′50″N 44°29′09″E / 40.01389°N 44.48583°E / 40.01389; 44.48583
Country  Armenia
Marz Ararat
Founded 1950
Government
 • Mayor Dmitri Nazaryan
Area
 • Total 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Elevation 854 m (2,802 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 22,200
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone   (UTC+4)
Area code(s) +374(236)

Masis (Armenian: Մասիս) is a town in the Ararat Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of the Hrazdan River, 9 km southwest of Yerevan towards the Mount Ararat. The city has a large railroad commodity station that serves Yerevan, and used to connect the capital city with the Nakhichevan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic until the closing of the border with Azerbaijan. The population is 22,200 people as of the 2009 official estimate. The town is one of the closest settlements to Mount Ararat and Little Ararat. The mountains are visible from most of the areas in the city.

Etymology[edit]

Masis (Armenian: Մասիս) is the Armenian name for the peak of Mount Ararat.[1] The History of Armenia derives the name from a king Amasya, the great-grandson of the Armenian patriarch Hayk, who is said to have called the mountain Masis after his own name.[1]

Background[edit]

Masis was formed as a town with the merge of the former villages of Narimanlu, Zangibasar and Ulukhanlu in 1950.

Masis lies between Yerevan and the ancient historic city of Artashat. It is located . It has a town centre and a marketplace. The population of the town is relatively high with a total number of approximately 70 five-story buildings, each with 40—60 apartments.

Masis is connected to a number of villages stretching up to the Aras River, bordering Turkey. At nights one can see the Kurdish village lights on Mount Ararat and its mountain ridges. It has 4 seasonal weathers, with very short but hot summer and very cold winter.

Masis is known for being an important centre of building materials production.

Sport[edit]

Masis F.C. had represented the town in the domestic football competitions until 1994 when the club was dissolved due to financial difficulties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomson, p. 90-98.Thomson 1978