Tsovinar, Armenia

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At the village of Tsovinar with a cemetery on the hill in the background, June 2009.
At the village of Tsovinar with a cemetery on the hill in the background, June 2009.
Tsovinar Ծովինար is located in Armenia
Tsovinar Ծովինար
Coordinates: 40°09′36″N 45°27′59″E / 40.16000°N 45.46639°E / 40.16000; 45.46639Coordinates: 40°09′36″N 45°27′59″E / 40.16000°N 45.46639°E / 40.16000; 45.46639
Marz (Province)Gegharkunik
 • MayorMher Martoyan
1,924 m (6,312 ft)
 • Total4,310
Time zoneUTC+4 (GMT+4)
Postal code

Tsovinar (Armenian: Ծովինար; formerly, Kolakran) is a village in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, located south or Lake Sevan. The name of the village is derived from Tsovinar the Armenian goddess of water, sea, and rain. East of the village is the Urartian site of Teyseba (Odzaberd) founded by Rusa I around 735-713 BC, with a lengthy but worn cuneiform inscription nearby recounting his conquest of twenty-three nations. It is considered to be the best-preserved Urartian fortification in the Sevan Basin. Below the hill of Teyseba is the point where the Arpa-Sevan Tunnel empties into Lake Sevan. On the hill south of the road that is adjacent to the fortress, are boulders that form walls that are especially visible along the southern boundary.[1] Just outside the village headed southeast are numerous stones scattered across the side of one of the hills. It is all that remains of an old village destroyed during by war long ago. Some human bones and old coins have been found in this area by villagers from Tsovinar, attesting to the story of what had once taken place there. In close proximity are two small single-nave churches. The church of Topi Galugh sits on a hill southeast between Tsovinar and Artsvanist, while the church of Surb Sarkis (1100-1200) sits south of the village of Tsovinar on a promontory overlooking a small gorge. Next to Surb Sarkis is a small cemetery, and just below the church in the gorge is a small spring and cave. Further south are the remains of the ancient village of Karmrashen, which contains the church of Hnevank, the monument of Yot Verk Matur, numerous khachkars, and some tombs.


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  1. ^ Kiesling, Brady; Kojian, Raffi (2005). Rediscovering Armenia: Guide (2nd ed.). Yerevan: Matit Graphic Design Studio. p. 80. ISBN 99941-0-121-8.