The territory of the RA Armavir region is 1242 sq.m. km & occupies 4․2% of the territory of the Republic of Armenia. The population is about 312,000 people. Armavir region is rich in unique historical monuments. A unique monument is the five-thousand-year-old (Bronze Age) smelter excavated on the slope of Metsamor Hill. The ruins of the Urartian city of Argishtikhinili are of great historical value. Next to them, on the left bank of the Araks River, is one of the Armenian capitals, Armavir, which has been a major economic and cultural center for centuries.
The regional center of Armavir is Armavir (formerly Sardarapat, then Hoktemberyan). It is one of the young and rapidly developing cities of Armenia. It has a central position in relation to the whole territory of the region, it is located on the Yerjan-Vagharshapat-Aragats-Gyumri highway. There are more than two dozen industrial enterprises, educational, cultural and healthcare institutions of regional significance in the city.
The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was built at the beginning of the 4th century, in 303, immediately after the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia. According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator has a vision where Christ descends from heaven in a bright image and shows with a golden hammer the place where the first Armenian church was to be built. The church built in this way was called Echmiadzin - Ijav Miatsin. Holy Etchmiadzin was originally a center of culture and education.