Aragatsotn is a province (marz) of Armenia. It is located in the western part of the country. The capital and largest city of the province is the town of Ashtarak. The National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (ARMSTAT) reported its population was 132,925 in the 2011 census.
Saint Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral is a 19th-century church in the Oshakan village of Aragatsotn Province, Armenia. Currently, it is the seat of the Aragatsotn Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The church is famous for being the burial place of Saint Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian alphabet.
The church was built between 1875 and 1879 by Catholicos Gevork IV of Armenia, replacing an old chapel built by Prince Vahan Amatouni back in 443. The belfry was added in 1884.
During the recent years, the entrance to the church was decorated with 36 khachkars (cross-stones), depicting the 36 original letters of the Armenian alphabet created by Saint Mesrop.
Saghmosavank (literally "monastery of the Psalms") is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Like the Hovhannavank monastery which is five kilometers south, Saghmosavank is situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasagh river. Their silhouettes dominate the adjacent villages and rise sharp against the background of the mountains crowned by Mount Aragats.
The main structures of the monasteries erected by Prince Vache Vachutyan—the Church of Zion in Saghmosavank (1215) and the Church of Karapet in Hovhannavank (1216-1221)—belong to the same type of cross-winged domed structure with two-floor annexes in all the corners of the building. Subcupola space predominates in the interiors of both churches, which is reflected in the exterior shapes of these structures.
'Letters'Park' monument is devoted to the creation of the Armenian alphabet. It was built in 2005 on the eastern slope of Aragats mountain. The Park consists of 39 stone carved statues of the Armenian letters. As planned by the architect Jim Torosyan, the monument was founded to commemorate the 1600th anniversary of the Armenian alphabet creation.<p>The Armenian alphabet was created by Mesrop Mashtots in 405-406 in order to make the Bible available to simple people. Mashtots's alphabet had only 36 letters; another 3 letters were added in the Middle Ages. Besides the letters there are also other sculptures in the Park – 'Tumanyan with his heroes', 'Grigor Lusavorich', 'Creation of the letters 405', 'Khachatur Abovyan'and 'Mkhitar Gosh'. Little bit uphill from the monument a 33 meter high cross was erected that symbolizes Jesus Christ's age at the time he was crucified. It consists of 1711 big and small metal crosses that symbolize the age of the Christian Armenia. The cross is placed on a 301cm high altar that symbolizes the year when Christianity became the official religion in Armenia. At the time of the construction it was planned that another cross would be added to the Holy Cross every year.
The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, or Byurakan Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the Armenian Academy of Sciences. It is located on the slope of Mount Aragats in the village of Byurakan in Armenia.
Amberd is a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn, Armenia. The name translates to "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. It is also the name incorrectly attributed to Vahramashen Church, the 11th-century Armenian church near the castle. The village of Byurakan is 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) from the site of Amberd.