Stepanavan, a small town with a population of 18,000 people, is located in the Lori Region. Including 18 surrounding villages, the population of the Stepanavan area totals 26,000.
Stepanavan’s educational facilities include six secondary schools, one agricultural college, two universities, two music schools, one art school, two sports schools, a cultural center, and the “Stepanavan Language, Resource and Computer Center”.
Historical places and tourist attractions in the Stepanavan region include the “Lori Berd” fortress, museum of Stepanavan history, “Shahumyan” monument, ancient St. Sargis, St. George, St. Nshan and Hnevank churches, Botanical Garden “Dendropark”, “Vahagn” and “Anahit” sanatoriums (health spas) and many others. The view of high mountain peaks, beautiful forests, and hiking in the canyon of the “Dzoraget” river attracts many foreigners.
On December 7th, 1988 Stepanavan fell victim to the earthquake that devastated many cities in northern Armenia. However, compared to other Lori Region cities affected by this earthquake, such as Spitak and Vanadzor, evidence of this earthquake is still apparent in Stepanavan. Stepanavan has received little of the foreign assistance provided during the post-earthquake years to rebuild some of the destroyed schools, homes, bridges, and cultural buildings.
Agriculture and Industry
Stepanavan has an agricultural college that provides the surrounding villages and local farms with knowledgeable specialists. Several dairy businesses, potato farms, and wheat farms are thriving in our area due to the efforts of these specialists, as well as aid from international organizations.
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