Ijevan

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Ijevan
Իջևան
From top left: Ijevan skyline • Ijevan central park Ijevan Dendropark • World War II memorial Gugark Mountains • Ijevan Wildlife Sanctuary Winter panorama of Ijevan area
From top left:

Ijevan skyline • Ijevan central park
Ijevan Dendropark • World War II memorial
Gugark Mountains • Ijevan Wildlife Sanctuary
Winter panorama of Ijevan area
Official seal of Ijevan Իջևան
Seal
Ijevan Իջևան is located in Armenia
Ijevan Իջևան
Ijevan
Իջևան
Coordinates: 40°52′45″N 45°08′50″E / 40.87917°N 45.14722°E / 40.87917; 45.14722Coordinates: 40°52′45″N 45°08′50″E / 40.87917°N 45.14722°E / 40.87917; 45.14722
Country Armenia
MarzTavush
Founded1780s
City status1961
Area
 • Total4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Elevation
755 m (2,477 ft)
Population
(2011 census)
 • Total21,081
 • Density4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+4 (AMT)
Postal code
4001, 4002
Area code(s)(+375) 263
Vehicle registration57
Sources: Population[1]

Ijevan is a city in northern Armenia. It was named Istibulagh and Karavansara. It is the capital of Tavush region. The city's current name, Ijevan means "inn" in Armenian. The former name Karavansara means "inn" in Persian.[2] In 2009 there were 20,500 people. This made it the most populated city in the province. Ijevan has a railway station since 1870.

Tradition says that about 2000 years ago, King Artavasdes I built a city here.

A branch of Yerevan State University is in the city.

Notable locations[change | change source]

  • Makaravank Monastery of the 10th century in Achajur village 16 km north of Ijevan. This purple and green stone complex in the forest above the village is a very popular destination.
  • Arakelots Monastery of the 13th century few kilometers north of Ijevan near Kirants village.
  • Kirants Monastery of the 8th century 10 km north of Ijevan.
  • Gandzakar village monastery few kilometers south of Ijevan.
  • Yenokavan Canyon, near Yenokavan village north of Ijevan. Characterized with beautiful cliffs, caves, forests, rivers and cascades. "Anapat cave" has a style of pre-Christian unique carvings which resemble Mayan and Aztec works. There are small rest houses and a modern resort in Yenokavan canyon.

References[change | change source]

  1. 2011 Armenia census, Tavush Province
  2. Kiesling, Rediscoving Armenia, p. 111, available online at the US embassy to Armenia's website