Stories of Ararat Province

After Baghdad by Nazik Armenakian

A life ‘between two stones’

Ararat Province


Ararat (Armenian: Արարատ) is a province (marz) of Armenia whose capital is the town of Artashat. Named after Mount Ararat, the province borders Turkey to the west and Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to the south. It surrounds the Karki exclave of Nakhchivan which has been controlled by Armenia since its capture in May 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Two former Armenian capitals are located in this region: Artashat (Artaxata) and Dvin, as is the Khor Virap monastery, significant as the place of Gregory the Illuminator’s 13-year imprisonment and the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders.