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Artik, is a town located in the Shirak Province of Armenia. As of the 2011 census, the town has a population of 19,534, down from 25,100 reported in the 1989 census.HistoryArtik has several monuments and churches. At the central square there is a World War II monument. A short distance from the square are the two churches: Saint Marine built in the 5th century and Saint Gevorg built in the 7th century. Saint Gevorg is the larger of the two and had previously been turned into a storehouse under the Soviets. The first attempt to restore the church was made in early 1990s. Both churches are in partial ruins, with restoration interrupted by the collapse of the USSR. On January 6, 2006 a fund-raising campaign was announced in the city of Artik to reconstruct Saint Gevorg. There is also another 18th-century church in a cave as well as a well-preserved church of Lmbatavank (Saint Stepanos) built in the 7th century standing on a hillside. The church was reconstructed between 1955-1956. During 1960 excavations, a Bronze-Age cemetery was discovered under the stones.DemographicsPopulation per years is the following.EconomyThe town of Artik is famous for its tufa stones. It is home to many stone-processing plants that produce travertine, tufa and basalt, including the "ArtikTuf" form established in 1928, the "TufaBock Factory" founded in 1997, and the "Karastgh" stone-processing factory operating since 2005.Take a look at our Armenia day trip site to refine the details of your trip to Artik.
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