Abovyan city is not considered to be a primary tourist destination in Armenia, compared to other sites of the country, despite its close location to Yerevan. But, of course, this does not mean Abovyan city doesn’t have unique sights co offer its visitors!
Abovyan is one of the most significant industrial cities of Armenia.
Although the archaeological excavations of the 1960s found some remains of a second-millennium BC cyclopean fortress, proving the present-day Abovyan has been inhabited even in the Bronze Age, Abovyan is among the most recent cities in Armenia.
The name “Abovyan” is related to a famous 19th century Armenian writer Khachatur Abovyan. Modern-day Abovyan city was established in 1963 on the territory of Elar village.
Basic Information about Abovyan City of Armenia
Abovyan city, due to its close location to the Armenian capital, is considered to be its satellite city. The town is also known as “Yerevan’s northern gate”, because it is located in the northern part of Yerevan.
Abovyan City Location and Area
Abovyan is located in the northeastern part of Yerevan (the Kotayk Marz), 14 km from the capital city of Armenia and 1450 m above sea level.
The city of Abovyan is surrounded by the mountain range of Geghama, as well as the mountains of Gutanasar and Hatis.
The total area of Abovyan town is 11 sq. km (approximately 4.2 sq. mi).
Abovyan City Population
According to the official census as of 2011, Abovyan is the fifth-largest populated city of Armenia, with population of about 43 500 people.
The majority (more than 90%) of Abovyan city’s population is ethnic Armenians who were relocated in this town generally from such countries with large Armenian Diaspora, as Iran, Syria and Lebanon. They are mostly the followers of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
There are also some minor communities of Russian Molokans, as well as Assyrians, Yazidis and Kurds, living in Abovyan.
Climate of Abovyan, Armenia
The climate of Abovyan is conditioned by its location on the plateau of Kotayk, surrounded with numerous mountains, mountain ranges (Geghama, Hatis, Ara, Gutanasar), as well as rivers and their gorges, such as Hrazdan and Azat.
The climate of Abovyan, Armenia, can be characterized as mostly dry and continental. Summers are relatively hot and winters are snowy and cold here, in the city of Abovyan.
One thing anyone should know before visiting Abovyan is that regardless the season, the climate of this city is generally cool.
So, Abovyan is a nice choice for those who hate large cities’ heat and really hot summer sun and seek for a cool place for their holiday!
How to Get to Abovyan City?
Abovyan, as mentioned earlier, is closely located to Yerevan (14 km), so, regardless the type of transport you choose, it is possible to get to Abovyan in around 20-30 minutes!
Actually, you can get to Abovyan by two options: by taxi (about 2000 AMD or 5 USD) or by buses/minibuses (around 200 AMD or 0.5 USD).
There are buses and minibuses, regularly travelling to Abovyan city’s bus station. From there, you can continue your tour either on foot, or by taxi/bus (taking a taxi in order to travel in the city would cost approximately 500 AMD or one USD).
Things to See in Abovyan, Armenia
As one of the closest cities to Yerevan, there are certain unique and nice places to be and necessarily see if you are already in Abovyan.
Thing to See in Abovyan, Armenia #1: Saint Stepanos Church
Just like any other Armenian city, Abovyan also is home to some significant churches. One of them is the church of Saint Stepanos.
This is a relatively new church, built in the middle of the 19th century. Saint Stepanos Church is situated in Elar village (Abovyan city’s southeastern part), near the village cemetery, on a hill.
During its history, the church of Saint Stepanos has seen 2 major reconstructions: the first one was in 2001, and 2010 was the year of the second reconstruction.
Currently, the church is functioning. It is special with its simple architectural style, since, at first, you might think it is an ordinary house building. Only the cross on top of the building and the surrounding cemetery would help you guess it is a church.
Thing to See in Abovyan, Armenia #2: Merry-Go-Round
Abovyan is one of those few cities in Armenia that would offer their visitors this sort of fun and entertainment!
The merry-go-round of Abovyan city (or the “carrousels”) was renovated and modernized recently, so there are more interesting attractions and a park in the territory. The site is especially good if you visit it with your children or friends!
Also, considering the amazingly low prices, this attraction is a must-see place during your visit to Abovyan city of Armenia!
Thing to See/Do in Abovyan, Armenia #3: Saint Hovhannes Church
The construction of Saint Hovhannes Church started in 2006 when there was a strong demand for another church (before that, there was only one church, Saint Stepanos Church, functioning in Abovyan). The church was opened in 2013.
Although this is a newly-built church, it includes numerous traditionally classic features and national characteristics, together with certain architectural innovations.
The church of Saint Hovhannes is located in the center of Abovyan city, Armenia. It can be seen from every corner of the Abovyan town.
In present-day Armenia, this church is considered to be one of the largest worship places.
Thing to See in Abovyan, Armenia #4: Abovyan City Stadium
Previously known as “Kotayk Stadium”, the stadium of nowadays Abovyan city has 5500 seats.
Currently, it is used by many Armenian football teams as a temporary field. Also, the city stadium of Abovyan, Armenia, is used for various sports competitions (for example, for rugby).
Various concerts, national and modern events are held in this stadium, too. This is the reason why this place has become special, beloved and popular among the local youth.
Thing to See in Abovyan, Armenia #5: Khachatur Abovyan Statue
Of course, there should be a statue dedicated to Khachatur Abovyan. He is one of the most famous Armenian writers after who the city is named after.
There is also a memorial in Abovyan city, dedicated to the Armenian-Russian brotherhood. The reason is that Khachatur Abovyan was known for his pro-Russian political views.
This destination, like any other site in Abovyan city, is designed for those who love spending their time in a quiet, harmonious and a peaceful place.