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Ashtarak

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Ashtarak, is a town in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge, northwest of the capital Yerevan. It is the administrative centre of the Aragatsotn province. Ashtarak is an important crossroad of routes for the Yerevan - Gyumri - Vanadzor rectangle.The town plays a great role in the national economy as well as the cultural life of Armenia through several industrial enterprises and cultural institutions. It has developed as a satellite town of Yerevan. The nearby village of Mughni is part of the Ashtarak municipality.As of the 2011 census, the population of the town was 18,834. However, as per the 2016 official estimate, the population of Ashtarak is 18,000.EtymologyThe name of "Ashtarak" is the Armenian word for tower or fortress. However, according to linguist Grigor Ghapantsyan, the name of Ashtarak is derived from Ishtar (Ashtar); the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility. Contrary, the latest historical researches proved that the name of Ishtar was never used in the Armenian mythology during the ancient times. Instead, the goddess of fertility was known as Shardi or Sardi in the ancient kingdom of Urartu, and later became to be known as Astghik among the Armenian monks.
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Popular things to do in Ashtarak

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Karmravor Church ©
Church
Karmravor Church
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Van Ardi Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Van Ardi Winery
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tsiranavor Church ©
Ruin
Tsiranavor Church
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Ashtarak Bridge ©
Bridge
Ashtarak Bridge
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Ashtarak

Amberd Fortress ©
Castle
Amberd Fortress Byurakan
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Echmiadzin Monastery ©
Religious Site
Echmiadzin Monastery Vagharshapat
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Mount Aragats ©
Mountain
Mount Aragats Aragatsotn
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Zvartnots Temple ©
Ruin
Zvartnots Temple Vagharshapat
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Ashtarak

Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak ©
Ruin
Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
The Museum of Pertch Proshian ©
History Museum
The Museum of Pertch Proshian
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Saint Mariane Church ©
Church
Saint Mariane Church
3.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Saint Sarkis Church of Ashtarak ©
Church
Saint Sarkis Church of Ashtarak
3.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Ashtarak

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Mughni Church
Church
Mughni Church
2.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Saint Sarkis Monastery of Ushi ©
Ruin
Saint Sarkis Monastery of Ushi
3.1
Duration: 2 hours
Ashtarak Old Bathhouse ©
Ruin
Ashtarak Old Bathhouse
2.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Ushiberd Fortress
Castle
Ushiberd Fortress
1.0
Duration: 2 hours

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