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Coordinates: 40°08′10″N 44°00′50″E / 40.13611°N 44.01389°E / 40.13611; 44.01389

Sardarapat (Armenian: Սարդարապատ), is a major village in the Armavir province of Armenia. The settlement was originally known as Sardarapat until 1935 when it was renamed Hoktember (October) in memory of the 1917 October Revolution.

Sardarapat

Սարդարապատ
Holy Mother of God Church in Sardarapat
Holy Mother of God Church in Sardarapat
Sardarapat is located in Armenia
Sardarapat
Sardarapat
Coordinates: 40°08′10″N 44°00′50″E / 40.13611°N 44.01389°E / 40.13611; 44.01389
CountryArmenia
ProvinceArmavir
Population
 (2011)
 • Total5,192

In 1967, the village of Norapat was absorbed by Hoktember.[1] However, the original name of the village was restored in 2009.

The name Sardarapat is derived from the major Persian fortress of Sardari Berd, built around 1810 by the last Persian Qajar governor of the Erivan Khanate; Sardar Hosein Qoli Khan Qajar, with British technical assistance using stones taken from the ruins of ancient Armavir. Many of the stones are still bearing traces of cuneiform inscriptions.

The town was set as administrative centre for the Sardarapat district and summer residence of the Khan of Erivan. The Sardar's fortress was taken by the Russians under General Paskevich in 1828, despite stout defense by Sardar Hasan Khan.

Currently, almost no trace of the fortress is left.

The Sardarapat Memorial commemorating the Battle of Sardarapat is located in the nearby village of Araks.

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  1. ^ Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 37, available online at the US embassy to Armenia's website Archived 2008-06-26 at the Wayback Machine

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