Karmravor Church

Ashtarak is a small city in Central Armenia 20 km north west of Yerevan. It features the most well preserved Armenian Church of the VII century Karmravor.


Ashtarak is located at the intersection of roads leading to Yerevan, Gyumri and Yerevan. Due to such a convenient location the settlement appeared here long time ago. However, it didn't play any significant role until the second half of the twentieth century, when Ashtarak acquired the status of a city and started to host Institute of physics of Armenian Academy of Sciences. The name of the city means "a tower" in Armenian.

Ashtarak does not look like the regional center nowadays: it's a sleepy town, where it's easier to meet a chicken rather than a car. A trip here - is a good opportunity to escape a rush of Yerevan for a few hours.

Get in

There are minibuses #502, #503 departing from Yerevan's bus station, the price is AMD 250 (2015). Ask the driver to stop at Ashtarak, otherwise you'll be dropped out much further in the suburbs. Buses to Gyumri and Vanadzor doesn't go through the city bypassing it to the north.

  Bus station. Regular bus stop on a street.

Taxi drivers will be happy to drive you from Yerevan to Ashtarak or anywhere else. Approximate price range from the center of Yerevan — AMD 2200-2500. The road from Yerevan to Ashtarak — M1 motorway (4-lane road in a good condition). There is another quite OK road from Echmiadzin (17 km).


Gates to the Karmravor Church
Church of St. Mariana




There is only one very average hotel in Ashtarak, but Yerevan with plenty of sleeping options is half an hour's drive away.

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