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The Armavir marz is located in the western part of Armenia, 44 km from Yerevan. Armavir is home to the spiritual center of the Armenian people, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Population: 323,300

Area: 1,251 km2

Administrative center: Armavir

Distance from Yerevan to Armavir: 44 km

Lakes: Aighr

Rivers: Arax, Kasakh, Sevjur, Armavir

Sites: Metsamor City Atomic Center, Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Sardarabat Memorial Complex, Zvartnots Temple, St. Hripsime, St. Shoghakat and St. Gayane Churches

The Armavir marz is located in the western part of Armenia, 44 km from Yerevan. Armavir is home to the spiritual center of the Armenian people, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, and a number of ancient archaeological sites and churches, including the oldest known bronze forging site in the world.

The Treasury Museum of Etchmiadzin exhibits an unusually large collection of applied and decorative art objects associated with the church; reliquaries, gonfalons, and the like, dating from the 10th-18th centuries.  The peaceful gardens exhibit an excellent collection of khachkars of different periods from all over Armenia.

Located 1 km southwest of the village of Taronik sits the settlement of Metsamor, an impressive prehistoric monument with a small but rich archaeological museum attached. Excavations have shown that back in the early Bronze Age (late 4th-3rd millenia BC). 

Visit the Sardarapat Memorial, the site of the May 1918 battle of Sardarapat, which, along with battles at Vanadzor and Aparan, drove off Turkish forces and secured Armenia’s independence.  Sardarapat is also the location of Armenia’s largest and best folklore museum, with hundreds of priceless artifacts from its entire history.