This city is located in the central part of Ararat valley, and on the bank of Hrazdan River,16 km southwest of Yerevan on the road to the ancient city of Artashat. The town has a large railroad station that serves Yerevan.

Masis is one of the closest settlements to Mount Ararat and Little Ararat. The mountains are visible from most of the areas in the town and the population of the town is 18,500.

History of Masis

The name of the city derives from the highest peak of Mount Ararat. The History of Armenia derives the name from king Amasia, the great-grandson of the Armenian patriarch Hayk, who is said to have called the mountain Masis after his own name.

Historically, the territory of a modern-day city was included within the Vostan Hayots canton of the historical region of Ayrarat of Ancient Armenia. Masis was officially founded by the Soviet government in 1953 as Hrazdan.

In 1969 the residence was renamed Masis, within 2 years, the town was given the status of an urban-type settlement in 1971. The settlement was developed as a center for agricultural products and light industries during the Soviet years.

The industrial district of Masis occupies the western half of the town. Unfortunately, most of the Soviet industry in Masis was abandoned after the independence of Armenia. However, Masis is currently a major center for tobacco products in Armenia and Transcaucasia, with 2 giant manufacturers: Masis Tobacco factory (since 1999) and International Masis Tabak factory.

It gradually became home to many large firms including the Al. Miasnikian furniture factory, the Masis unit of the Yerevan carpet weaving factory, as well as a branch of the Yerevan paper manufacturing plant․ The city is considered to be a satellite of Yerevan city. Summer, in general, is short but hot. While winter is long and very cold.

Places of Interest in Masis

The city has a 16th-century chapel named after Saint Thaddeus and a 19th-century church known as the Holy Mother of God which has a beautiful architectural style. Currently, the town has a public library and a music school named after Arno Babajanian. The World War II monument is one of the main monuments of Masis.