Vayots Dzor Province

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Vayots Dzor
Վայոց Ձոր
Province
Location of Vayots Dzor within Armenia
Coordinates: 39°45′N 45°30′E / 39.750°N 45.500°E / 39.750; 45.500Coordinates: 39°45′N 45°30′E / 39.750°N 45.500°E / 39.750; 45.500
Country Armenia
Capital Yeghegnadzor
Government
 • Governor Edgar Ghazaryan
Area
 • Total 2,308 km2 (891 sq mi)
Area rank 7th
Population (2011)
 • Total 52,324
 • Rank 11th
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+04
Postal code 3601–3810
ISO 3166 code AM-VD
FIPS 10-4 AM10
Website vdzor.gov.am
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Vayots Dzor (Armenian: Վայոց Ձոր) is a province (marz) of Armenia. It lies in the south-east of the country, bordering the Nakhichevan exclave of Azerbaijan in the west and the Azerbaijan in the east. It covers an area of 2,308 km². With a population of only 53,230 (2002 census), it is the most sparsely populated province in the country. The capital is Yeghegnadzor.

History[edit]

During the Middle Ages, Vayots Dzor was a principality of the Kingdom of Syunik. The name literally means "Valley of Woes" because the area was devastated by several earthquakes during its history. Vayots Dzor was part of Sharur-Daralagez uyezd of Erivan Governorate before the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Armenia in 1918.

Sights[edit]

The province is rich in historical and architectural sites, such as the Noravank monastery, the Smbataberd fortress, and the Tsakhats Kar monastery. The spa town of Jermuk, one of Armenia's premiere tourist attractions during Soviet times, is also located in the province.

Geography[edit]

Vayots Dzor borders the following procinces:

Communities[edit]

The province of Vayots Dzor consists of the following 44 communities (hamaynkner), of which 3 are considered urban and 41 are considered rural.[1]

Towns or urban communities[edit]

Image City (town) Province Founded Land area (km2) Population (2011 est.)
Djermuk.JPG Jermuk Vayots Dzor 13th century (first mentioned) 5 5,200
Vayk town1.jpg Vayk Vayots Dzor ? 3 5,900
Yeghegnadzor landscape3.jpg Yeghegnadzor Vayots Dzor 5th century (first mentioned) 6 8,200

Villages or rural communities[edit]

Non-community villages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RA Vayots Dzor Marz" (PDF). Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2002–2006. National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia. 2007. 

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