Welcome to Ashtarak
Ashtarak is a midsized regional town on the Kasagh Gorge, 22km northwest of Yerevan. It has an array of 19th-century buildings, streets filled with fruit trees, an 11th-century stone bridge (sadly dwarfed by a modern replacement) and four medieval churches in various stages of decrepitude. The best preserved of these is the small 7th-century Karmravor Church, which boasts intricate carvings and a cemetery with khachkars. While there is no compelling reason to visit the town itself, it does make a good kick-off point when visiting the Kasagh Gorge churches.