Artik has been granted with city status since 1938. It is located 100 km northwest of Yerevan, 20 km east of Gyumri. It is situated at the northwestern foot of Mount Aragats at a height of 1800 meters above sea level.
Total area is about 35 km², the number of population 18,4 thousands people (2017).
Food (bread, cheese), glass template, metallic machines processing are distinguished in its economy.
From the side of industrial importance there are constructional sand, rosy tufa, slag and pumice resources near the town. It is more famous Artik’s tufa and tufa producing enterprises. The community is engaged in cattle-breeding and poultry farming.
There are 8 public schools, art, music, sport schools, a school for special needs, 2 colleges, a kindergarten, a cultural house, a hospital, a polyclinic, aid station, communication hub.
Artik is one of the unique places in Shirak region and in general – in Armenia. It was not surrendered to fate of 5 Turkish persecute between 19th to 20th centuries (it implies shifting of Armenian places’ names into Turkish one).
Probably town’s name comes from the unity of Armenian “ayr” and Persian “tik” (height) words. Ancestors of Artik migrated from Kars and Karin in 1829-1830.
In the central part of Artik has been kept St. Astvacacin (Marine 5th century) and St. Gevorg (7th century) churches. Lmbat Monastery (6th century) is located 2 km south of the town. 4 km west a Bronze-Age (BC 8-7th centuries) cemetery was discovered (more than 1000 tombs).
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