Vagharshapat Tourism

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Vagharshapat (Armenian: Վաղարշապատ pronounced [vɑʁɑɾʃɑˈpɑt]) is the fourth-largest city in Armenia and the most populous town in Armavir Province, located about 18 km (11 mi) west of the capital Yerevan, and 10 km (6 mi) north of the Armenian-Turkish border. Between 1945 and 1995, the city was officially known as Ejmiatsin (also spelled Echmiadzin or Etchmiadzin, Էջմիածին, pronounced [ɛt͡ʃʰmjɑˈt͡sin]) which is still commonly used colloquially and in official bureaucracy. Vagharshapat is one of the historic capitals of Armenia and the main religious center of the Armenian people with the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the most important Armenian Apostolic church, located in the city. It is thus unofficially known as a "holy city" (սուրբ քաղաք). The 1989 census counted the population of the city as 61,000. The number has declined somewhat since, showing 58,388 in the 2001 census, and 46,540 in 2011.


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Facts and Stats for Vagharshapat*

  • Pollution Statistics in Vagharshapat

    Know the pollution level of Vagharshapat before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.14 (High)
    • Water Pollution 34.29 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.65 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 49.32 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.68 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 42.57 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 71.53 (High)
  • Vagharshapat: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Vagharshapat for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Vagharshapat.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.88 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20.52 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 60.98 (High)
    • Car Stealing 19.4 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 29.23 (Low)
    • Attacks 19.7 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 21.64 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 89.02 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 23.11 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.79 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25.76 (Low)
  • Living in Vagharshapat - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Vagharshapat is 119.51 (High)

    • Safety Index 74.3 (High)
    • Climate Index 63.11 (High)
    • Pollution Index 58.61 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.7 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.69 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 49.54 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.36 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 31.9 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Vagharshapat

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Vagharshapat

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.2 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.02 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.34 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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