Agarak, Syunik

Agarak, Syunik

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Agarak () is a city founded in 1949, in Syunik Province, Armenia. It is considered the southern end of Armenia as it is located on the left bank of river Araks on the border with Iran, 9 km south-west to Meghri. The town is on a distance of 410 km south of the capital Yerevan and 94 km south to Syunik's centre Kapan. It was a railway station on the demolished and non-functioning branch Yerevan-Nakhichevan-Horadiz. Agarak forms an urban community (municipality). The National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (ARMSTAT) reported its population was 4,881 in 2010,

History

Agarak was part of Arevik province within the historical region of Syunik of Greater Armenia. It was first mentioned in the 12-13th centuries by Stepanos Orbelian as a rural territory. Since the ancient times, the area was known for its copper and lead mines. The name of the town derived from a village situated not far from it.

Agarak was founded in 1949 as an area of workers and in 1954 it gained a town status. The further development of the town is related to the copper-molybdenum plant built in 1958. People were brought here from the nearby villages and in a few years it became an industrial town. In 1972 the population of the town was about 3800 and in 1979 it became 4073.

The church Surb Amenaprkich (Holy Saviour) of the 17th century is not far from Agarak.

Currently, there are 2 kindergartens, 1 secondary school,...
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