Ararat Province

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Ararat Province administration in Artashat
Ararat Province administration in Artashat
Location of Ararat within Armenia
Location of Ararat within Armenia
Coordinates: 39°55′N 44°43′E / 39.917°N 44.717°E / 39.917; 44.717Coordinates: 39°55′N 44°43′E / 39.917°N 44.717°E / 39.917; 44.717
Country Armenia
Capital Artashat
 • Governor Aramayis Grigoryan
 • Total 2,090 km2 (810 sq mi)
Area rank 9th
Population (2011)
 • Total 260,367[1]
 • Rank 3rd
Time zone UTC+04
Postal code 0601-0823
ISO 3166 code AM.AR
FIPS 10-4 AM02

Ararat (Armenian: Արարատ, Armenian pronunciation: [ɑɾɑˈɾɑt]), is a province (marz) of Armenia with capital in Artashat. Named after Mount Ararat, the province borders Turkey to the west and Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to the south. It surrounds the Karki exclave of Nakhichevan which has been controlled by Armenia since its capture in May 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Two former Armenian capitals are located in this region (Artashat (Artaxata) and Dvin) as well as the Khor Virap monastery, significant as the place of Gregory the Illuminator's 13-year imprisonment and the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders.

Ararat borders the following provinces:

In 1993 and again in 1995, CYMA (Canadian Youth Mission to Armenia) operated from Ararat province, building community centers, renovating schools, managing a children's day camp and distributing aid to families affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh War. CYMA co-founders Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and Ronald Alepian chose Ararat due to its well-organized youth movement.


The province of Ararat consists of the following 97 communities (hamaynkner), of which 4 are considered urban and 93 are considered rural.[2]

Towns or urban communities[edit]

Image City (town) Province Founded Land area (km2) Population (2011 census)
Ararat town- World War II memorial.jpg Ararat Ararat 1920 6 20,235
Artashat4.jpg Artashat Ararat 1962 12 22,269
Masis kaghak.jpg Masis Ararat 1950 5.7 20,215
Vedi town.jpg Vedi Ararat ? 5.6 11,384

Villages or rural communities[edit]

Non-community villages[edit]


  1. ^ Ararat population, 2011 census
  2. ^ "RA Ararat Marz" (PDF). Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2002–2006. National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia. 2007. 

See also[edit]