and largest city
|• Governor||Armen Ghularyan|
|• Total||2,704 km2 (1,044 sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||AM.TV|
Tavush (Armenian: Տավուշ, Armenian pronunciation: [tɑˈvuʃ]), is a province of Armenia. It is located at the northeast of Armenia and bordered by Georgia from the north and Azerbaijan from the east. It is domestically bordered by the Gegharkunik Province from the south, Kotayk Province from the southwest and Lori Province from west. The capital and largest city of the province is the town of Ijevan.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Education
- 7 Sport
- 8 Attractions
- 9 Communities
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Tavush has an area of 2,704 km² (9% of total area of Armenia). It occupies the northeastern part of the Republic of Armenia. It is bordered by Georgia from the north and Azerbaijan from the east. Domestically, it is bordered by the Gegharkunik Province from the south, Kotayk Province from the southwest and Lori Province from west. The territory is mainly mountainous and rocky hillsides covered with a green carpet of Alpine meadows. Tavush is sometimes referred to as a little Armenian Switzerland. The average height of the region is around 900 meters above sea level.
Based on the historical divisions of Ancient Armenia, the current territory of the province occupies parts of the Varazhnunik canton of Ayrarat province, the Dzorapor and Koghbapor cantons of Gugark province, and the Aghve and Tuchkatak (Tavush) cantons of Utik province.
The province entirely lies among the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. It is surrounded by the Miapor mountains from the east, the Somkheti mountains from the north, the Gugark mountains from the east and the Kenats mountains from the south. The highets point of Tavush is the Miapor peak with a height of 2993 meteres, while the lowest point is located at a height of 380 meters in the Debed river valley near the village of Debedavan.
Most of the Tavush territory is covered with thick forests, mainly around the towns of Dilijan, Ijevan and Berd. The province has a number of protected forests including the Dilijan National Park, Akhnabad Taxus Grove Sanctuary, Arjatkhelni Hazel Sanctuary, Gandzakar Sanctuary, Ijevan Sanctuary and Zikatar Sanctuary.
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Tavush is the second least populated province in Armenia. According to the 2011 official census, Tavush has a population of 128,609 (62,083 men and 66,526 women), forming around 4.3% of the entire population of Armenia. The urban population is 54,186 (42.1%) and the rural is 74,423 (57.9%). The province has 5 urban and 55 rural communities. The largest urban community is the provincial center of Ijevan, with a population of 21,081. The other urban centres Dilijan, Berd, Noyemberyan and Ayrum.
With a population of 4,420, the village of Koghb is the largest rural municipality of Tavush.
Ethnic groups and religion
The majority of the Tavush Province population are ethnic Armenians who belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. The regulating body of the church is the Diocese of Tavush, headed by Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan. The Surp Nerses Cathedral in Ijevan is the seat of the diocese.
The leading economical sector of the province is manufacturing, mainly dominated by stone-processing, food-processing and wood-processing.
The town of Ijevan is a major centre of handmade rugs and carpets, as well as alcoholic drinks products. It is home to the "Ijevan Carpet Weaving Mill", and the "Ijevan Wine-Brandy Factory" which is particularly famous for its pomegranate wine.
The small town of Ayrum is home to the "Ayrum Cannery" and the "Mirg Cannery".
The village of Haghartsin is home to the "Filishin" company for concrete manufacturing.
Iron and copper mines are found near the town of Noyemberyan.
Dilijan is famous for its mineral water, processed and bottled in Yerevan. The "Aramara" furniture company in Dilijan is specialized in fine woodworking.
The economy of the province is mainly based on tourism and services. The cultural heritage and the natural monuments of the region attract a large number of tourists.
The town of Dilijan is major touristic destination for locals and foreigners. It is also considered a financial centre as much of the Central Bank's operations was moved to Dilijan in 2013. The town is also famous with its sanatoriums and mineral water. Other touristic destinations include the villages of Achajur, Gosh, Teghut and Yenokavan.
Many forests of the province are listed among the protected areas of Armenia, including the Dilijan National Park, the Akhnabad Taxus Grove Sanctuary, the Arjatkhelni Hazel Sanctuary, the Gandzakar Sanctuary, the Ijevan Sanctuary and the Zikatar Sanctuary. There is also a dendropark in Ijevan.
Tavush has recently become a significant educational centre within the Republic of Armenia. In 2014, the International UWC School of Dilijan, a part of the global educational movement United World Colleges, was opened in the Dilijan.
Between 2013 and 2015, the construction of the Dilijan Central School -a branch of the Ayb Educational Foundation- was completed in Dilijan. In fall 2015, the newly built state-of-the-art school was officially opened.
Since 1994, branches of the Yerevan State University operate in Ijevan.
Football is popular in Tavush. The province was represented in the Armenian Premier League by Impulse FC of Dilijan and FC Bentonit Ijevan. However both were forced to dissolve due to financial difficulties.
Fortresses and archaeological sites
- Tavush Fortress of the 10th century,
- Berdavan Fortress of the 10th century,
- Aghjkaberd Fortress,
- Sranots Bridge, 13th-14th centuries.
Churches and monasteries
- Tsrviz Chapel of the 5th century,
- Holy Mother of God Church of Voskepar of the 7th-century,
- Kirants Monastery of the 8th century,
- Makaravank monastery of the 10th century,
- Jukhtak Vank monastery of the 11th-12th centuries,
- Goshavank monastery of the 12th century,
- Aghavnavank Monastery of the 12th-13th centuries,
- Samsonavank Monastery of the 12th-13th centuries,
- Shkhmurad Monastery of the 12th-13th centuries,
- Matosavank monastery of 1247,
- Arakelots Monastery of Kirants of the 13th century,
- Haghartsin Monastery of the 13th century,
- Nor Varagavank monastery of the 13th century,
- Khoranashat Monastery of the 13th century,
- Srvegh Monastery of the 13th century,
- Lake Gosh,
- Lake Parz,
- Dilijan National Park,
- Akhnabad Taxus Grove Sanctuary,
- Arjatkhelni Hazel Sanctuary,
- Gandzakar Sanctuary,
- Ijevan Sanctuary,
- Zikatar Sanctuary,
- Ijevan Dendropark.
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The province of Tavush consists of the following 60 communities (hamaynkner), of which 5 are considered urban and 55 are considered rural.
Towns or urban communities
|Image||City (town)||Province||Founded||Land area (km2)||Population (2011 census)|
|Noyemberyan||Tavush||13th century (first settled)||3.6||5,310|
Villages or rural communities
- Geghatap, belongs to the Khachardzan community.
- Gosh, belongs to the Dilijan community.
- Haghartsin, belongs to the Dilijan community.
- Kayan, belongs to the Aygehovit community.
- Teghut, belongs to the Dilijan community.
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