Armavir Province

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Location of Armavir within Armenia
Location of Armavir within Armenia
Coordinates: 40°09′N 44°03′E / 40.150°N 44.050°E / 40.150; 44.050Coordinates: 40°09′N 44°03′E / 40.150°N 44.050°E / 40.150; 44.050
Country Armenia
Capital Armavir
 • Governor Ashot Ghahramanyan
 • Total 1,242 km2 (480 sq mi)
Area rank 10th
Population (2011[1])
 • Total 265,770
 • Rank 3rd
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+04
Postal code 0901-1149
ISO 3166 code AM.AV
FIPS 10-4 AM03
Website official website

Armavir (Armenian: Արմավիր), is a province (marz) in the western part of Armenia. Its capital is Armavir, and the largest city is Vagharshapat. It is located in the Ararat valley, between Mount Ararat and Mount Aragats, and shares a 45-mile border with Turkey to the south and west.

The province is home to the spiritual centre of the Armenian nation; the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians.

The province is named after the ancient city of Armavir founded in 331 BC. The province is also the site of the decisive Battle of Sardarabad in 1918 that resulted in the foundation of the Republic of Armenia. The battle is seen as a crucial historical event not only by stopping the Turkish advance into the rest of Armenia but also preventing the complete destruction of the Armenian nation.[2]

The Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant is also located in Amravir Province near the town of Metsamor.


Armavir has an area of 1242 km2 (4.2% of total area of Armenia) making it the smallest province of the country in terms of total area. It is bordered by Turkey from the west and the south with a length of 130.5 km bordrerline, where Arax River separates Armenia from Turkey.

The province is mainly consisted of agricultural lands. Metsamor (or Sevjur) is the only river which starts from the province of Armavir.

Administrative borders[edit]

Armavir borders the following marzer:

To the northeast, between its boundaries with Aragatsotn and Ararat, Armavir also borders Yerevan.


Armavir Province was formed after the new law of 4 September 1995, regarding the Administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia.

As of the beginning of 2009, the population of the urban communities was 101,700; forming 35.8% of the province's total population, while the rural communities had a population of 182,800; forming 64.2% of the province's population.[3]

The province consists of the following 97 communities (hamaynkner), of which 3 are considered urban and 94 are considered rural.[4]

Towns or urban communities[edit]

Image City (town) Province Founded Land area (km2) Population (2011 census)
Armavir central square.jpg Armavir Armavir 1931 6 29,319
Metsamor town view.jpg Metsamor Armavir 1969 4 9,191
Edschmiatsin Armenia.jpg Vagharshapat Armavir 685 BC 13 46,540

Villages or rural communities[edit]

Non-community villages[edit]


  1. ^ Armavir population, 2011 census
  2. ^ Balakian, Peter. The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response. New York: HarperCollins, 2003, p. 321 ISBN 0-06-055870-9
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  4. ^ "RA Armavir 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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