Dastakert

Dastakert

Dastakert is located in the Syunik region, 225 km south of the capital Yerevan and 115 km north-west of the administrative center Kapan.  It  is situated on the slopes of Mount Ayri (Zangezur Range), near the roots of the Ayri River and at an average height of 2,050 meters above sea level

The village has been the smallest urban residence in Armenia until 2017 when it became a rural-type settlement. The first time the city was mentioned by famous Armenian historian Stephen Orbelian in his book of "The history of Syunik Region". According to the historian, the village was founded as a summer resort for the priests of Tatev Monastery. The name is derived from the ancient Armenian word which means summer resort.

In the 12th and 15th centuries, Syunik and surrounding areas and villages suffered from the Seljuk, Mongol, Aq Qoyunlu and Kara Koyunlu invasions. In 1813 Syunik became part of the Russian Empire as a result of the Russian-Persian War. In 1868, it became part of the Zangezursky Uyezd. After the establishment of the Republic of Armenia, the village included in the Zangezur region.

During The Soviet Period (in 1945) in the village were founded copper and molybdenum mines. In 1951 established the branch of the Zangezur copper-molybdenum plant, Dastakert got the status of an urban-type settlement. During that period the village had nearly 4000  residents. But in 1975 the plant was closed and the population decreased, which became a reason, that in 2017 it turned into a rural-type settlement. Recently on the base of the Soviet copper-molybdenum plant. was opened a branch of the Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine.

In the northwestern part of  Dastakert were found a medieval residence, also a cemetery belonging to the same period, and a khachkar which dates back to 1320. The most interesting cultural site is a lithographic inscription on a rock, locals call it "Vardapet" which dates back to the 14th century. Dastakert has a public high school, a cultural center, a music school, as well as a public library. The locals are involved mainly in agriculture.