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Ashtarak

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Armenia.

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Built around a gorge, this city is known for its old churches and interesting museums but has recently added some more modern facilities in the form of large hotel casino complexes. The town’s ancient highlights include the main square, lined with churches, notably the Tsiranavor, Karamravor an apricot coloured 7th Century, Astvatsatsin, also a 7th century church which still sports its original roof tiles and a 12th Century bridge. Ashtarak was built at a cross point along the trade routes from other major cities and is only around 90kms from the capital, Yerevan.

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