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Ijevan, disposed at the foot of Ijevan ridge. Its former name was Caravansera, which means trade courtyard. The town is an administrative center of Tavush region, with a population of about twenty thousand people. Central highways leading to Yerevan passes via the city, and there is also a railway station since 1870.
According to the prevailing here legend, about 2,000 years ago, King Artavasdes founded the town on the site of today’s Ijevan and gathered here for beautiful young people from the all Armenian land, which created the families and the city has grown. Therefore, today there live descendants of those people.
Situated on the trade itinerary between the East and the North Caucasus, the region has become an important point and halt for caravans and travelers. And during the Persian domination, the village was founded and named Karavansara. In 1801, the territory of Ijevan with Lory and the Georgian regions fell under the rule of the Russian Empire.
Covering the Aghstev Valley, the city is encircled by high mountains, wreathed with dense forest , passing in some places in the alpine vegetation. Average annual temperatures in the winter range within 10.6 C, and in summer – 21,3 ° C.
During Soviet rule, in the city there was a significant progress in manufacturing growth, peculiarly in the fabrication of carpets and wood processing.
To this day, actively operating companies in the food industry and others. Actively work the Ijevan winery produces wines from the pomegranate.
In Ijevan hosts the annual sculpture symposium, which brings together experts from around the world, in connection with which the locals call their city a place of 100 sculptures, although, in fact, the sculptures that adorn the center of Ijevan even 116.
You can also visit a small ethnographic museum, opened in 1999, as well as an art gallery and the Church of Surb Hovhannes.
The region Tavush amongst the most pictorial regions of Armenia. Because there are also many historical monuments, quite a large number of tourists visit the region anualy. The city has a well-developed network of hotels and related infrastructure for the convenience of tourists.
Makaravank monastery belongs to the 10th century and is placed in the woods above the village Achajur 16 km from Ijevan. This complex is the structure of the purple stone interspersed with green and is a beautiful to see.
Two other monastery complexes Arakelots and Kirants are here respectively, one of the 13th, and the other of the 8th centenary.
To the north of the village Yenokavan, near the Ijevan is Yenokavan canyon with rare beauty of rocks, caves and waterfalls.