Parakar (Armenian: Փարաքար); formerly known as Shirabad, is a major village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. According to the 2010 official estimate, the population of Parakar is 9,297 (including Tairov). The village is notable for its gypsum mine. The Zvartnots International Airport is located just to the south of the village.
The nearby village of Tairov belongs to the Parakar community.
Churches in Parakar
- Church of the Holy Mother of God: built by the order of Catholicos Nerses V in 1855. It was renovated and reopened in 1992.
- Surb Harutyun Church: dates back to the 9th century. The church was almost entirely destroyed after a devastating earthquake. It remained in ruins until the 1950s when it was rebuilt by the efforts of the villagers of Parakar. In 1984, the belfry of the church was erected. The church was restored and reopened in 1992. Finally, the church was entirely renovated in 2004 by the efforts of Armenian benefactors from the USA.
- Parakar 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
- Brady Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 32; original archived at Archive.org, and current version online on Armeniapedia.org.
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