Lori Province

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Lori Province administration in Vanadzor
Lori Province administration in Vanadzor
Coat of arms of Lori
Coat of arms
Location of Lori within Armenia
Location of Lori within Armenia
Coordinates: 40°55′N 44°30′E / 40.917°N 44.500°E / 40.917; 44.500Coordinates: 40°55′N 44°30′E / 40.917°N 44.500°E / 40.917; 44.500
Country Armenia
Capital Vanadzor
 • Governor Artur Nalbandyan
 • Total 3,799 km2 (1,467 sq mi)
Area rank 3rd
Population (2011)
 • Total 235,537[1]
 • Rank 6th
Time zone UTC+04
Postal code 1701–2117
ISO 3166 code AM.LO
FIPS 10-4 AM06
Website official website

Lori (Armenian: Լոռի, Armenian pronunciation: [lɔˈri]), is a province (marz) of Armenia. It is located in the north of the country, bordering Georgia. Vanadzor is the capital and largest city of the province. Other important towns include Stepanavan, Alaverdi and Spitak. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries and the well-preserved Akhtala monastery, where Armenians, Georgians, and Greeks make an annual pilgrimage on September 20–21.[2] Lori borders Tavush province in the east, Kotayk in the southeast, Aragatsotn in the southwest and Shirak in the west.

The province was heavily damaged during the 1988 Armenian earthquake.


Lori was known as Tashir in antiquity.[3] Until the 5th century, Tashir was part of the Gugark region of Greater Armenia.[4][5]

The name Lori (Լոռի, known as Lore ლორე in Georgian) did not appear until the 10th century, when the Armenian Kingdom of Lori (Tashir-Dzoraget) was established by Kiurike I with the help of Georgia and another Armenian Kingdom of Vaspurakan. In the 11th century, David the Landless founded the fortified city of Lori (or Lore).[6] The fortress-city became the kingdom's capital in 1065. The name Lori later spread through the region and replaced Tashir.[5]

The Seljuks invaded the region in the early 12th century, but their rule did not last long and in 1118-1122 the Georgian king David the Builder conquered Lori and gave it to the Georgian-Armenian Orbeli dynasty. The Orbeli revolted unsuccessfully in 1177, after which a Kipchak named Khubasari was appointed spasalari of Lori. The province became subject to the Zakarian dynasty when in 1185 Tamar of Georgia appointed prince Sargis Zakarian as its governor.[5]

Between 11th and 13th centuries, the monasteries of Haghpat, Sanahin, Kobayr and the Bardzrakash in Dsegh served as centers of Armenian culture and science. Scholars such as Hovhannes Imastaser, Grigor Tuteordi, Davit Kobayretsi, Grigor Magistros worked in these monasteries.[5] The region was devastated by the Mongol invasion of 1236, and the Zakarian dynasty declined by the 14th century.[5]

Lori was annexed by Safavid Persia in accordance to the 1555 Peace of Amasya and became part of Persia's Kartli-Kakheti province. After Nadir Shah's murder in 1747, the Georgian kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti became independent and united into a single kingdom by 1762.[7] In 1801, together with Georgian provinces of Kartli and Kakheti, Lori was annexed by the Russian Empire.[5] In 1850, Lori was incorporated into the Erivan Governorate. In 1862, it was transferred into the jurisdiction of the Tiflis Governorate. In 1880, Lori became part of the Borchali okrug of the Tiflis Governorate. In the early 20th century, Lori was mostly Armenian-populated with several Russian and Greek villages.[5]

In late 1918, Armenia and Georgia fought a border war over Lori. It was put under a British control as a neutral zone. Following Armenia's sovietization in late 1920, Lori was incorporated into Soviet Armenia.[5]


The province of Lori consists of the following 113 communities (hamaynkner), of which 8 are considered urban and 105 are considered rural.[8]

Towns or urban communities[edit]

Image City (town) Province Founded Land area (km2) Population (2011 census)
Akhtala, panoramic scene.jpg Akhtala Lori 18th century (first mentioned) 4.3 2,092
Alaverdi town1290.jpg Alaverdi Lori 17th century (first mentioned) 18 13,343
Shamlugh town Armenia.jpg Shamlugh Lori 1770 3.6 700
Spitak Спитак, Армения.jpg Spitak Lori 17th century 5.6 12,881
Stepanavan skyline.jpg Stepanavan Lori 1810 14 13,086
Tashir town centre image.jpg Tashir Lori 1844 5.6 7,773
6 General view, Tumanyan, Armenia.jpg Tumanyan Lori 1926 1 1,710
Vanadzor.jpeg Vanadzor Lori 1828 32 86,199

Villages or rural communities[edit]

Non-community villages[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lori population, 2011 census
  2. ^ Tadevosyan, Aghasi (2007). Historical Monuments of Armenia: Akhtala. Yerevan, Armenia: "Var" Center for Cultural Initiatives. ISBN 978-99941-2-070-3. 
  3. ^ Hacikyan, Agop Jack; Basmajian, Gabriel; Franchuk, Edward S.; Ouzounian, Nourhan (2000). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the Oral Tradition to the Golden Age 1. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 172. ISBN 9780814328156. 
  4. ^ Hacikyan, Agop Jack; Basmajian, Gabriel; Franchuk, Edward S.; Ouzounian, Nourhan (2005). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the eighteenth century to modern times 2. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 386. ISBN 9780814332214. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Matevossian, R. (1978). "Լոռի [Lori]". In Hambardzumyan, Viktor. Soviet Armenian Encyclopedia (in Armenian) 4 (Yerevan: Armenian Encyclopedia). pp. 663–64.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Hewsen, Robert H. (2001). Armenia: A Historical Atlas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-226-33228-4. 
  7. ^ Suny, Ronald Grigor (1994). The Making of the Georgian Nation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 55–56. ISBN 9780253209153. 
  8. ^ "RA Lori 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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