Vedi

Vedi

Vedi town is one of the main cities of Ararat Region. It is located on the right bank of Vedi river which flows through the city and at the western part of the fertile Ararat plain. The town has an average height of 900 meters above sea level an has extremely cold, snowy winters. 

The city is 35 km south of the capital Yerevan and 18 km southeast of  Artashat. The Goravan semi-desert makes a natural border at the south of the town and the Urts mountains form the natural borders of Vedi from the north. 

The name of the city is derived from the Arabic word "wadi" which means valley. The previous name of the city was Viti, Veti, but in 1946 it was renamed Vedi as because in 1963 the city got a status of an urban settlement. 

There are a lot of memorials and monuments mainly located in the central part of the hill.  Here you can see a memorial dedicated to the victims of Armenian Genocide. It was designed just as Tstitsernakaberd building (Yerevan).

In the surroundings of the memorial, you will see another monument dedicated to the victims of Second World War.

Probably the territory of Vedi has been settled since Urartian period. The first time it was mentioned by Historian Stephen Orbelian in his book which is called "History of Syunik region". The other valuable historical building is the Church Saint Astvatsatin. They say, in the past, it was only a little chapel, one of the locals of the city (Edgar Shaboyan) built this big church with the help of his family. In the center of  Vedi, there are many cafés, restaurants and fast food stores where you can enjoy your time. 

This little city is also famous for its viniculture. The local wine has a very special taste so that everyone can taste it and be a part of winemaking. The local's loveliest place in this town is the bank of the Vedi River, they like to pass their free time here. So, if you come to Vedi, the locals will certainly invite you to taste barbecue and wine.

During the 1930s a house of culture was opened. In 2013 a new palace was built including the town's theatre and other cultural faculties. The theatre has its own group (1950), folk instruments ensemble (1977), dance group, brass band, and children's orchestra. The Paruyr Sevak public library of Vedi has been working since 1935. The town has also a school of music and a school of art.


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