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Abovyan

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Abovyan or Abovian, is a town in Armenia within the Kotayk Province. It is located 16km northeast of Yerevan and 32km southeast of the province centre Hrazdan. As of the 2011 census, the population of the town is 43,495, down from 59,000 reported at the 1989 census.With a motorway and railway running through the city connecting Yerevan with the areas of the northeast, Abovyan is considered a satellite city of the Armenian capital. Therefore, Abovyan is generally known as the "northern gate of Yerevan".The town of Abovyan covers an area of 11km².HistoryDuring the excavations of 1960 led by historian Mesrop Smbatiants, the remains of a 2nd-mellennium BC Cyclopean fortress, an ancient cemetery and old shelters with several objects that represent the 3 stages of the Bronze Age were found in the area of Abovyan.Smbatiants also found an 8th-century BC Urartian cuneiform left by king Argishti I, referring to the conquest of the "land of Darani" (the pre-Urartian name of modern-day Abovyan area).The excavations led by Smbatiants revealed that the area of modern-day Abovyan was inhabited starting from the end of the 4th century BC.During the ancient Kingdom of Armenia, the western area of modern-day Abovyan was part of the "Kotayk" canton of Ayrarat province while the eastern area was part of "Mazaz" canton of the same province.Between the 5th and 7th centuries AD, the region was granted to the Amatuni Armenian noble dynasty.
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