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Vardenik  Վարդենիկ is located in Armenia
Vardenik  Վարդենիկ
Coordinates: 40°07′59″N 45°26′12″E / 40.13306°N 45.43667°E / 40.13306; 45.43667Coordinates: 40°07′59″N 45°26′12″E / 40.13306°N 45.43667°E / 40.13306; 45.43667
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Gegharkunik
Founded 1828-29
Elevation 1,994 m (6,542 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 9,880
Time zone GMT+4 (UTC+4)
Postal code 1418

Vardenik (Armenian: Վարդենիկ; until 1945, Gezeldara, Nerkin Gezaldara, Gyuzeldara, and Nizhnyaya Gezaldara), is a major village in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia that sits along the Vardenis River. It was founded in 1828-29 by emigrants from Mush. There are the cyclopean fort ruins of Kaftarli 3 km south, with petroglyphs downhill along the bank of the river. Some churches and shrines can be found in the vicinity.[1]

The village is the largest rural community in Armenia by population.

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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.