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For the village in Azerbaijan, see Dostagir.
Dastakert is located in Armenia
Coordinates: 39°22′06″N 46°02′12″E / 39.36833°N 46.03667°E / 39.36833; 46.03667Coordinates: 39°22′06″N 46°02′12″E / 39.36833°N 46.03667°E / 39.36833; 46.03667
Country  Armenia
Province (Marz) Syunik
First mentioned 12th century
 • Mayor Nayiri Filosyan
 • Total 0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Elevation 2,050 m (6,730 ft)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 323
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone GMT +4
Sources: Population[2]

Dastakert (Armenian: Դաստակերտ), is a town and an urban community in the Syunik Province of Armenia. It is located at a distance of 236 km south of the capital Yerevan and 127 km north-west of the regional centre Kapan. With a population of 323 inhabitants (2011 census) and an area of 0.5 km², Dastakert is the smallest urban community of Armenia in terms of population and area.


Dastakert landscape

Dastakert was formed as an urban community in 1951. It is situated on the foot of the mountain Ayri, near the roots of the Dastakert river (a tributary of Sisian river), at a height of 2050 meters above sea level. Dastakert was first mentioned in history by Stepanos Orbelian in the 12-13th centuries as a small village.[3] According to the 2011 census the population of Dastakert was 323,[4] up from 287 at the 2001 census.[5]

In 1951 Dastakert has gained the status of a town, and in 1952 the copper-molybdenum plant was built in the area. In 1968, during the Soviet heyday, there were 4000 residents in Dastakerd. After the copper-molybdenum plant shut its doors in 1975, the population has harshly declined, and all that remained from the town's boom period was only its status as an urban community. Nowadays, only 303 residents live in Dastakert. Most residents are Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan. Between 2 and 3 children are born in Dastakerd on a yearly basis.[6]

Currently, 1 secondary school, 1 cultural centre, a musical school and a library are regularly operating in the town. There is a lithographic inscription 2 km north of the settlement on a rock called Vardapet-Stone.


In 1995, the government of independent Armenia, reaffirmed the status of Dastakert as a town within the Syunik province. Only 8% of the town's residents have jobs, mostly in the post office, the municipality and the school. A branch of Zangezour copper-molybdenum plant with its ore-dressing mill was built on the base of the old copper-molybdenum plant of Dastakert.