Sevanavank

Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, not far from the town of Sevan. Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan, which started in the era of…

Maralik

Maralik  is a town in the Shirak Province to the northwest of Armenia. Maralik literally means little deer in the Armenian language. According to a local traditional legend, every year on the feast of Saint Stephen, a mountain deer was willingly approaching to the Saint Stephen Monastery of the town to be sacrificed. The villagers…

Gyumri

Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. By the end of the 19th century, when the city was known as Alexandropol, it was one of the largest cities of Russian-ruled Eastern Armenia with a population similar to that of Yerevan.…

Artik

Artik is the second largest town of the Shirak Province of Armenia. it is one of the ancient settlements of Armenia. The town is home to many old cemetery yards dating back to the late Bronze Age. According to an 11th-century inscription found in Lmbatavank monastery of Artik, the town was known as Hartk during…

Prehistoric Armenia

From the world’s oldest stone tools, 48,000 years-old human heart, the world’s first leather shoe up to the most ancient wine-making facility were found in the biblical land of Armenia. The Armenian civilization had its beginnings nearly 5,000 years ago. Armenia lies in the highlands surrounding the Biblical mountains of Ararat. The original Armenian name…

Water Fountains (Pulpulaks)

A pulpulak is a public water fountain common in Armenia.Pulpulaks are a significant part of the Armenian culture]First pulpulaks appeared in the streets of Yerevan in 1920s and over time became extremely popular.The word pulpulak is colloquial and derives from the sound of the murmuring of water pul-pul, suffixed with ak , meaning water source.They…

Shirakavan

Shirak canton was once the center for the Bagratis, one of the richest and most powerful kingdoms of Armenia. The cities of Shirakan, Kars and Ani were the top prospering cities at those times. Shirakavan founded as Yerazgavors and later Yerazgavork, was a medieval Armenian city and one of the 13 historic capitals of Armenia,…

Shirak Sports

The land of Shirak is rich with sports traditions. The Eastern Armenian first sports organization baze was founded here in 1916, in citys trade collage. During the years of first republic, due to Amerkom and ANglcom orphanages, the scout movement began. The sports life flourished along with the establishment of the soviet regine. From 1932-1936…

Gusans of Shirak

Once Gyumri was the funniest of all cities. The popular and respected people in the city were artists, the distinguished ones among them were bards. In the end of the 19th century there were more than 30 bards and folk singers, who were famous both in the city and out of it. Among those famous…

Artik Tufa

Artik tufa is a unique proccessed stone being quarries in Artik, the second largest city of the Shirak region. It is a beige to pale rose fine grain igneous volcanic rock quarried in Armenia. This stone is especially good for Building Ornaments, Flagstone,Coping, Pavers, Slabs, Sculptures, Window Sills, Stairs and other design projects. It also…