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Armavir
Armavir Marz

Area:
 1251 km 2
Population: 323300
Administrative Center: Armavir
Distance from Yerevan to Armavir: 48 km
Valley: Ararat Valley 
Lakes: Aighr
Rivers: Arax, Kasakh, Sevjur, Armavir cannel
Armavir: The first capital of Armenia in 3rd c. b.c.. Excavations of Argishtikhinili fortress-town, 8th c. b.c.
Sardarapat: Sardarapat Memorial Complex, State Ethnographical Museum. 
Sardarapat Memorial Complex established in 1968 to commemorate the Armenian people's victory over Turkish invaders in 1918. The complex was designed by architect R.Israelian and sculptor A.Harutiunian. The complex consist of a bell-tower, “Path of heroes”, bas-relief Victory Wall, the Ethnographic museum and two giant statues of bulls at the entrance to the Memorial Park.
Yervandashat: Church, 7th c.
Edjmiadzin: St. Edjmiadzin Cathedral, 303. St. Shoghakat church, 1694. St. Hripsime church, 618. St. Gayane church, 630. Museum of the Edjmiadzin Patriarchate. The religious center of Armenia. 
The Cathedral Of Edjmiadzin was built between 301 and 303 during the reigns of King Trdat III and Gregory the Illuminator, founder and first patriarch of the Armenian Church. According to the historian Agathangelos, the name Edjmiadzin is derived from an ancient tradition: St. Gregory the Illuminator is said to have had a vision in which Jesus Christ descended onto the Ararat Plain with a golden hammer in hand and indicated the site where a cathedral must be built. The “Ijman Seghan” or Altar of Descent at the center of the cathedral is said to be part of this same tradition.

Zvartnots: Temple, 7-10th cc.. Zvartnots museum.
Metsamor: 
Ancient fortress-settlement in Ararat valley. From all the sides it is surrounded by water. Excavations prove that from 4th millennium B.C. to late Middle Ages it was a developed place of habitation. Excavated materials are from the Bronze Age and Iron Age. It was one of the greatest centers of art of that period. The fortress was protected by huge walls and inside it there were smelting houses and workshops which show that different crafts and trading were highly developed. The excavations showed that around Metsamor fortress there were stone mausoleums.
 
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