Turning right at the traffic
circle before Abovian, about 3 km from the
Sevan highway, one passes
(formerly Shahab, renamed after the
Russian poet). Right of the road is a locked basilica church of
S. Tamar (or
Continuing SE from
Mayakovski, however, one
sees just before the village of Aramus
a long, narrow hill, just right of the road,
with remains of an Urartian (8th c.?) circuit wall, with sherd
scatter, some chipped obsidian an, and
started, per an inscription, in 1825. Inhabitants came from Hijvaz
village of Salmast district in
listed in early manuscripts as Aramonk. By legend, got
its name as the place where Queen Shamiram looked for the corpse of Ara
the beautiful. In the 4thc,
the village belonged to the Katholikos in Ejmiatsin.
Left of the village main street, there are partly restored ruins of
a late 6th or 7th c. tetraconch church, probably
built by Katholikos Hovhan. Katholikos
David I Aramonetsi (728- 741) built a church here and made it his seat.
Other medieval constructions in vicinity, and 13-14th c.
khachkars. A new paved road running
N from before Aramus ends at the new and ambitious “Getap” hotel/restaurant
compound on the Getar river, well fortified and suitable
for weekend assignations or gangland funerals.