The town of Ijevan is located in north-eastern Armenia. It is situated on both sides of the Aghstev river. Located on a very important trade route, the region was home to many inns and caravansaries for the merchants and their caravans. The name Ijevan means “caravansary” or “inn”.
Ijevan is northeastern Armenia's scientific and educational center. At the end of the last century an International Sculpture Symposium was initiated by art critic Saro Sarukhnayan. Today more than 90 beautiful sculptures decorate the town. The Ijevan branch of Yerevan State University provides young people with an opportunity to pursue higher education. Tourism has always developed in Ijevan due to its geographical, natural and climatic conditions. As far back as the 1960s a 9-story hotel and resort complex was built. Dendropark, a park of trees, was established. The “Spitak Lich” reservoir was built with its recreational areas. In 1991 Ijevan was officially given resort status. Today in Ijevan there are many high quality modern hotel complexes which will satisfy even the most demanding tourists. Here you can find the best conditions for vacations where one can enjoy nature, go horseback riding, hiking, take bicycle tours, spend evenings under a tent, and so on. Ijevan is close to the unique Lastiver caves.
Ijevan is the administrative capital of Tavush marz (one of the country's regions), covering 6 km2 with a population of about 22 thousand. The town sits at a height of 700 meters above sea level. The landscape here is rather interesting, marked by sharp contrasts. Along the river banks, the land is level. Farther to the east and west the town extends up onto steep mountain slopes. Ijevan is surrounded by wooded mountains and meadows, creating the rather unusual and beautiful image of a town that spreads out over a large glade. Ijevan's climate is generally mild and warm, with a sufficient amount of precipitation, having a cool spring and autumn, hot summers and moderate winters. The average annual temperature is 10.60 C. The lowest temperature recorded was -230C, the highest - + 370C. The annual average precipitation is 600 mm. There are a number of natural resources in the town's vicinity - large deposits of marble, limestone, dolomite, agate, and clay. These have become the foundation of industrial development in Ijevan.
Ijevan is known to have been a settlement in ancient times. In the 1960s chambers made of rough limestone plates were found at a construction site. These tombs contained a large amount of pottery decorated with geometric, wavy, and linear patterns. Black glaze pottery was found inside the late Bronze Age tombs on the left bank of Aghstev river. The most valuable find is an ancient axe, the design of which is similar to the axes found in the Middle East.
The fascinating beauty of this town, lying on the river banks in the lap of nature, makes a deep impression on a traveler and seems to entice him or her back again. And those who are interested in monuments of art and architecture also may find places of interest, such as the Makaravank monastery, one of the most significant architectural monuments of medieval Armenia. Ijevan is also famous for its tasty wines, Ijevan wine factory is located at the entrance to the town.