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Location: Lori region
From Yerevan: 140km/2h. 20min

Stepanavan (former Jalal-Oghli) is located in Lori region. It is named after hero of Soviet Union Stepan Shahumyan.

The city is situated in the gorge of the Dzoraget, on the valley near the river, in the North of Bazum Mountain range; 1400 m above sea level. The climate is favorable, moderately humid. Average temperature in January is -4,2 degrees, in June is +16,7 degrees. Average annual precipitation is 683 mm. Winters are snowy here. There are lots of forests, huge sources of natural building materials in the territory.  

Stepanavan has centuries-old history. From the very beginning it attracted attention of many researchers with its nature and moderate climate. The foundation and development of the city dates back to the 3-1 cc BC. This is evidenced by cromlechs and ceramic items, found in the territory. The first plan of the city was completed in 1957, the second one – in 1962, and the third general plan was done in 1971. After the earthquake of the 7th of December, 1988 the city was being quickly reconstructed and widened up to the left bank of the Dzoraget. Stepanavan is 36 km of the regional center Vanadzor.  

The city has been popular as a resort zone since Soviet times. Today year by year the number of tourist increases due to the wonderful nature and rich historic-cultural heritage. The most interesting places to visit are Stepanavan Dendropark and Lori Berd fortress. The pure air is especially favorable for people with respiratory problems: during pine pollination in May. Avetik Sahakyan, the first president of the first Republic of Armenia was born in Stepanavan. 

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