Talin

Talin

Talin city is located in the Aragatsotn Region of Armenia. It is situated on the slope of Aragats Mountain the Shirak valley, at a height of 1,585 meters above sea level, near the Arteni Volcano which is located around 6 km west of the city. It considered being the oldest residence in the region with ancient foundations which date back to the 2nd millennium BC. In the past, it was famous with the names Talina, Big Talin and Talno Votn. It has a humid continental climate with hot/warm summers and extremely cold and snowy winters.

In 774, the population of Talin had been massacred by the invading Arab Muslims. Later the town revived with the establishment of the Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia by the end of the 9th century. Between the 7th and 10th centuries, the city has been mentioned by many historians, either as a big village or a town under the rule of Kamsarakan Armenian noble family.

There is an interesting legend that tells about the origin of the city. They say that there was a princess called Talin. This girl fell in love with a simple boy but her father was against that love and found a young prince for her. But the princess didn’t forgive her father and threw herself from the rock, that’s why the city was named after the died princes.

Prince Nerseh Kamsarakan was founded Cathedral of Talin during the 7th century. The same period, Kamsarakan princes built the Dashtadem Fortress which is situated at the south of the town. The fortress played a huge role as a strategic point at the north of Yerevan during the wars between the Ottomans and Persians. The remains of the 13th-century Caravanserai of Talin, along the road towards Dashtadem at the south. In 1964, the city got the status of an urban-type settlement.

The city has the 8th-century church called Saint Astvatsatsin, near the church there is  Saint Katoghike church which is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Armenian architecture. In the center of the city, there is a little park and in the evenings the young locals like to gather in the central park.

Being one of the oldest centers of civilization in the history of Armenia, the area of Talin is rich with historical monuments. The 7th-century Cathedral built by the Kamsarakan princes is a typical example of Armenian church architecture of the early Christian period of the Armenian nation. During the Soviet period, being the center of Talin raion, many cultural institutions were opened in the town. The city is an important crossroad in Armenia between north and south. 

Nowadays,  The city has its house of culture, the public library, a school of music, and a geological museum The town has its local "Talin Ashkharh" weekly newspaper.

The locals are involved in agriculture, also in cattle-breeding, beekeeping. "Bonilat" factory for dairy products was founded in 2005, on the basis of the former Talin cheese factory. There is also "Avetsiyan Aghek" plant for soft drinks. An asphalt and bitumen plant is also operating since the Soviet days. The town has many small enterprises for dairy and bakery products.


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