- For the village in Azerbaijan, see Mərəlik.
|First mentioned||5th century|
|• Mayor||Artak Gevorkyan|
|• Total||4 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,720 m (5,640 ft)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)|
"Maralik" literally means "little deer" in the Armenian language. According to the popular legend, every year on the feast of Saint Stephen, a mountain deer was willingly approaching to the Saint Stephen Monastery of the town to be sacrificed. The villagers were catching the deer and sacrificing it in memory of Saint Stephen. However, once a hunter killed the deer with his rifle. Since then, no more deers were seen in the area.
Under the Soviet rule, the village was renamed Kaputan in October 1927. Finally, on 26 July 1935, it was renamed Maralik.
In 1962, Maralik was given the status of town.
The Surp Amenaperkich Church of Maralik built in 1903, is home to many khachkars dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.
Population per years is the following.
Maralik was an active industrial town during the Soviet period. The cotton-spinning factory of Maralik had more than 2000 employees during the Soviet years. The currently inactive lights and electronics factory had around 600 employees in 1962. The building materials firm of Maralik is also inactive.
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- "Dictionary of Armenian residences (Հայաստանի հանրապետության բնակավայրերի բառարան), page 131" (PDF). Retrieved April 18, 2014.