Mets Parni

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Coordinates: 40°50′14″N 44°06′33″E / 40.83722°N 44.10917°E / 40.83722; 44.10917

Mets Parni
Մեծ Պառնի
Mets Parni is located in Armenia
Mets Parni
Mets Parni
Coordinates: 40°50′14″N 44°06′33″E / 40.83722°N 44.10917°E / 40.83722; 44.10917
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Lori Province
Population (2008)
 • Total 2,101
Time zone   (UTC+4)
 • Summer (DST)   (UTC+5)

Mets Parni (Armenian: Մեծ Պառնի; also, Parni; formerly, Bekyand) is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia, 33 km north-west of the regional capital Vanadzor. The village is located on the right bank of the river Pambak, 1680 meters above sea level.

The village's current population has ancestors from Artsakh, Mush and Iran. The village is located near two churches; St. Sarkis (19th century) and Mets Parni Church (13-14 centuries).


The population of Mets Parni has steadily grown since 1831, with a brief depopulation after the 1988 earthquake.[1]

Years 1831 1897 1926 1939 1959 1970 1979 1989 2001 2004
Population 505 2420 2760 2686 2313 2511 2153 785 2171 2313


The village may be one of Armenia's oldest settlements, and is located on the central Yerevan-Gyumri highway. The Yerevan-Tbilisi railway passes through the village. Before the 1988 earthquake the village hosted two parallel industrialized workshops, a branch of Arzni crystal factory and a garment factory. The climate of the area is very favorable to agriculture. The main employment sector in the village is crop cultivation and animal husbandry. Most of the village's lands are irrigated and fertile, and are mainly used to produce grain and potatoes. After the earthquake destroyed a number of homes, training and education of pre-school age children and students work continued. However, due to financial constraints a series of temporary shelters were closed, but work continues on a new 450-seat high school. There is a medical center with 15 beds and an outpatient clinic. The Health Center is equipped with specialists, a pediatrician, therapist, and a dentist.

Name Origin[edit]

The name bears the suffix -ni, evident in many names in the area since Urartian times, for example, Garni, Ptghni, Bjni, Armani, Bagratuni, Aratsani, Gnuni, Saharuni, Rshtuni, and so on. It is possible Parni took its name from an archaic name for the Pambak valley area, which is surrounds the village. Mets Parni as a settlement existed in ancient times, which is evidenced by ancient river bed graves discovered during constructions near the village of Tsaghkaber. The village was likely destroyed and rebuilt several times. In particular, the village is located on the eastern side of a high hill that often protect the people from enemies.



  1. ^ "Հայաստանի հանրապետության բնակավայրերի բառարան, էջ 136" (PDF) (in Amharic). Retrieved October 27, 2013.