This city is located in the Ararat plain, near the Araks River. It is the capital of Ararat region. It is located on the Araks River in the Ararat plain, 30 km southeast of Yerevan. Artashat was founded in 1945 by Soviet Armenia and named after the ancient city Artashat which is located near the town.
This city is one of the oldest cities in Armenia. Nearly, four decades this city was the capital of Armenia. The Armenian King Artashes 1st founded this city in 176 BC, it was known as the "Vostan Hayots" or "court" or "seal of the Armenians".
The remains of the ancient city are not far away from nowadays Artashat. The most famous monument in Artashat is the statue of the Armenian King Artashes 1st.
Artashes, the Armenian king also built a citadel (which was later named Khor Virap). Gregory the Illuminator imprisoned here for 14 years by King Trdat 3rd. In the Church, you will see the big hole where the Saint Gregory was imprisoned.
One of the most popular places in this city is Artashat’s Lake. The residents love this place and will certainly invite you here and be sure they will make an Armenian traditional Barbecue with other tasty dishes. If you want to try the tastiest Armenian fruits and vegetables, from the City Market, you can buy fresh and organic products.
The residents of the city claim that the most beautiful place in their city is Saint Hovhannes church which was built on 31 May 2015. They didn’t have a church before this one. There is also a little chapel which is a favorite place for the locals.
The other thing to see in Artashat is the theatre. They say it is the first theatre in Armenia and the story of theatre has started from this ancient city. You should visit this ancient theatre and besides that, there is a lot of things for you to discover those miracles.
The cultural life of Artashat is enhancing with the presence of several institutions. The town has a cultural palace, an art center named after Charles Aznavour who is the famous Armenian in the world, a drama theatre named after Amo Kharazyan regularly performs several Armenian and international classic as well as modern works and a public library named after Ohan Chubaryan which was opened in 1948.
In 2004, a new amusement park was opened in the center of Artashat, which is used to host public celebrations, concerts and musical shows at nights. So this city will be a place where you will discover a lot of things, adventures, and mysteries.