Location of Aragatsotn within Armenia
|• Governor||Sargis Sahakyan|
|• Total||2,756 km2 (1,064 sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||AM.AG|
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Aragatsotn (Armenian: Արագածոտն, Armenian pronunciation: [ɑɾɑɡɑˈt͡sɔtən]), is a province (marz) of Armenia. It is located at the western part of the country. The capital and largest city of the province is the town of Ashtarak.
Literally meaning "the foot of Aragats" (the highest mountain of the Republic of Armenia), it is named after the Aragatsotn canton of the historic Ayrarat province of Ancient Armenia, ruled by the Amatuni noble family under the reign of the Arsacid Dynasty.
Aragatsotn's western edge forms part of Armenia's border with Turkey. It also has domestic borders with Shirak Province from the north, Lori Province from the northeast, Kotayk Province from the east, Armavir Province from the south and the city of Yerevan from the southwest.
Fortresses and castles
- Ushiberd fortress of the the Iron Age,
- Amberd fortress of the 7th-century,
- Dashtadem Fortress of the 9th-century.
Churches and monasteries
- The Arshakid Kings Mausoleum and Basilica of the 4th century,
- Kasagh Basilica of the 4th century,
- Church of Saint John of Mastara, 5th century,
- Saint George Church of Garnahovit of the 7th-century,
- Aruchavank Cathedral of the 7th century
- Kristapori Vank monastery of the 7th-century,
- Surp Astvatsatsin Church of Voskepar of the 7th-century,
- Artavazik Church monastery of the 7th-century,
- Cathedral of Talin of the 7th-century,
- Surp Hovhannes Church of Voskevaz, 7th ventury
- Saint Sarkis Monastery of Ushi, 7th-13th centuries
- Yeghipatrush Church of the 10th century,
- Surp Hovhannes Church of Byurakan of the 10th century,
- Vahramashen Church of th 11th-century,
- Hovhannavank Monastery of 1216,
- Tegher Monastery of the 13th-century,
- Saghmosavank Monastery of the 13th-century,
- Kosh fortress and churches, 13th-14th centuries,
- Saint Gevork Monastery of Mughni of the 14th-century,
- Surp Astvatsatsin Church of Karbi, 17the century,
- Saint Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral of 1879 in Oshakan,
- Tukh Manuk Shrine of Oshakan,
- The churches of Spitakavor, Karmravor, Tsiranavor, Saint Mariane and Saint Sarkis in Ashtarak.
The province of Aragatsotn consists of the following 114 communities (hamaynkner), of which 3 are considered urban and 111 are considered rural.
Towns or urban communities
|Image||City (town)||Region||Founded||Land area (km2)||Population (2011 census)|
|Aparan||Aragatsotn||2nd century (first mentioned)||3.5||6,451|
|Ashtarak||Aragatsotn||9th century (first mentioned)||7.5||19,615|
|Talin||Aragatsotn||2nd century (first mentioned)||7||5,310|
Villages or rural communities
- Dzoragyugh, belongs to the Mastara community.
- Karin, belongs to the Sasunik community.
- Khnusik, belongs to the Avan community.
- Lusaghbyur, belongs to the Artashavan community.
- Mughni, belongs to the Ashtarak community.
- Nigatun, belongs to the Artashavan community.
- Aragatsotn population, 2011 census
- "RA Aragatsotn Marz" (PDF). Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2002–2006. National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia. 2007.
- Report of the results of the 2001 Armenian Census, National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia