Artashat is located in the Ararat plain, on the bank of the Araks River. It is the administrative centre of the Ararat region which is 30 km southeast of Yerevan. Artashat was founded in 1945 in Soviet Armenia and was named after the ancient city of Artashat which was located not far from the present-day town.
This city is one of the oldest cities in Armenia. For about four decades the city was the capital of Armenia. The Armenian King Artashes 1st founded the city in 176 BC. It was known as "Vostan Hayots"(Armenian royal residence) or "court city".
The ruins of the ancient city are not far from the present-day Artashat. The most famous monument in modern Artashat is the statue of the Armenian King Artashes 1st.
King Artashes had also built a citadel which was later named Khor Virap. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for 14 years by King Trdat 3rd. In Khor Virap, you will see the big hole where Saint Gregory was imprisoned.
One of the most popular places in the city is Artashat’s Lake. The locals love this place and will likely invite you there for a walk.
The church of St. Hovhannes built in 2015, is the most beautiful structure of Artashat. The city had no church before. There has been a small chapel which is the residents’ favourite place.
The cultural life of Artashat is improving due to the activity of several institutions. There is a palace of culture in the town, an art centre named after Charles Aznavour, a drama theatre after Amo Kharazyan (which regularly performs Armenian and international classic and modern works), and a public library named after Ohan Chubaryan opened in 1948.
In 2004, a new entertainment park was opened in the centre of Artashat that hosts public celebrations, concerts and musical shows. Thus in Artashat, you will surely find how to spend your time.