Ashtarak is the administrative centre of the Aragatsotn region. It is located on the left bank of Kasagh River. The name of the city was first mentioned in the 9th century. Ashtarak is not far away from Yerevan, so it is easy to get there by your own car or by taxi.
The first place you should visit in Ashtarak is the city square. There you will see the beautiful statue of Nerses Ashtarakeci. Recently, tree-fountains were placed in the centre of the square. The statue of the Armenian great writer Vardges Petrosyan is also nearby the square.
The city market is not far from the bridge. Here you can see the process of traditional Lavash making. There are lots of restaurants, resort houses, and pools under the Ashtarak Bridge where you can have a really good time.
If you want to know the town better, you can visit Perch Petrosyan's house-museum, and then stop by "Tonratun" at the gallery, and enjoy real Armenian lavash. In this part, you will see the oldest houses in the city, and of course, the three ancient churches at the edge of the Ashtarak gorge: Karmravor, Tsiranavor, and Spitakavor.
Before leaving the city you should also visit an "Ayrudzi" riding club to ride a horse or just to communicate and feed them. Be sure, this place is unforgettable.
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