Aramiants castle in Akhtala

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Location: Akhtala, Lori region

Established: 1905

From Yerevan: 197km/2h 50m.

Architect: Bzoghli M. V.



Michael Aramyants was a famous Armenian entrepreneur, oilman, benefactor and social activist of the 20th century. He was born in 1843 in Artsakh, though lived and worked in Tbilisi, having his contribution in the renovation and prosperity of the city. Historian Vahe Antanesyan followed traces of Aramyants and tried to research his live and activity. 


Aramyants castle was preserved in Akhtala, the only precious memory about him, which Armenian inherited; the territory is 32 ha. While traveling in Switzerland, Aramyants saw a very beautiful castle, which he liked so much that returning to Tbilisi, he send a well-known architect Bzoghlu, so that he could examine it and recreate the plan of the analogue, which was built in Akhtala. The first tennis court in Armenia was just in this castle. Aramyants organized meetings and discussions with many prominent figures in Armenia: Khrimyan Hayrik, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Alexander Shirvanzade and so on. 

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