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Vanadzor

Վանաձոր
From top left: Vanadzor Central ParkVanadzor skyline • Pambak RiverChurch of the Holy Mother of God • Russian Church of the NativityLori Province administration • Hayk SquarePambak Mountains around Vanadzor
From top left:

Vanadzor Central Park
Vanadzor skyline • Pambak River
Church of the Holy Mother of God • Russian Church of the Nativity
Lori Province administration • Hayk Square
Pambak Mountains around Vanadzor
Official seal of Vanadzor
Seal
Country  Armenia
Marz Lori
Founded 1828
Government
 • Mayor Mamikon Aslanyan
Area
 • Total 25.1 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Elevation
1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Population
 (2011 census)
 • Total 86,199
 • Density 3,434/km2 (8,895/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vanadzortsi
Time zone UTC+4 (AMT)
Postal code
2001-2024
Area code(s) (+374) 322
Vehicle registration 36
Website Vanadzor official website
Sources: Population

Vanadzor is the third-largest city in Armenia. In 2001 there were 107,394 people. It is the capital of the Lori Province. It was named Kirovakan during the Soviet era and Karakilisa during the Tsarist period.

Much of the city's history is unknown. The history of the area possibly dates back to the Bronze Age. It was definitely part of the Kingdom of Armenia. The town had a lot of damage from the 1988 Spitak earthquake.

Most of the people belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. Vanadzor is the home of the Diocese of Gougark.

Notable people

  • Stepan Zoryan, an Armenian writer
  • Suren Aghababyan, a literary critic
  • Artavazd Peleshyan, a documentary film-maker
  • Shavarsh Karapetyan, a Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • Vic Darchinyan, World unified boxing champion and the IBF, WBO, WBC champion
  • Gor Mkhitarian, an Armenian rock-musician
  • Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of Armenia


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