Vayots Dzor (Armenian: Վայոց Ձոր) is a province (marz) of Armenia. It lies in the south-east of the country, bordering the Nakhichevan exclave of Azerbaijan in the west and the Azerbaijan in the east. It covers an area of 2,308 km². With a population of only 53,230 (2002 census), it is the most sparsely populated province in the country. The capital is Yeghegnadzor.
During the Middle Ages, Vayots Dzor was a principality of the Kingdom of Syunik. The name literally means "Valley of Woes" because the area was devastated by several earthquakes during its history. Vayots Dzor was part of Sharur-Daralagez uyezd of Erivan Governorate before the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Armenia in 1918.
The province is rich in historical and architectural sites, such as the Noravank monastery, the Smbataberd fortress, and the Tsakhats Kar monastery. The spa town of Jermuk, one of Armenia's premiere tourist attractions during Soviet times, is also located in the province.
Vayots Dzor borders the following marzer:
The province of Vayots Dzor consists of the following 44 communities (hamaynkner), of which 3 are considered urban and 41 are considered rural. The division below is by raion, the administrative subdivisions of Armenia before 1995.
Towns or urban communities 
Villages or rural communities 
- Arates, belongs the community of Hermon.
- Akhta, belongs the community of Gomk.
- Amaghu, belongs the community of Areni.
- Getikvank, belongs the community of Vardahovit.
- Horadis, belongs the community of Zaritap.
- Mozrov, belongs the community of Gnishik.
- Kalasar, belongs the community of Hermon.
- Kapuyt, belongs the community of Gomk.
- Kechut, belongs the community of Jermuk.
- Sevazhayr, belongs the community of Vardahovit.
- Ughedzor, belongs the community of Saravan.
- ^ "RA Vayots Dzor Marz" (PDF). Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2002-2006. National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia. 2007.
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