town founded in 1955 and named after the cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin in 1961, is the first settlement reached in
Gegharkunik, left of the main Sevan highway.
is the city of
till 1935 Elenovka, named after the wife of Czar Nicholas I, was
founded in 1842 by exiled Molokans, Russian schismatics,
and the town remained all Russian till the end of the 19th
One km N is the cyclopean fortress of Metsep.
On a hill just S of the village of Tsamakaberd
(now in the limits of