Gegharkunik (Armenian: Գեղարքունիք) is a province (marz) of Armenia. Gegharkunik was named after Gegham. Gegham was a Haykazuni King and fifth generation after Hayk. Gegham was the father of Sisak of Syunid nobles and Arma the grandfather of Ara the Beautiful.Geghama mountains and Geghama lake, presently Lake Sevan, were named after Gegham.

Gegharkunik Province is in the east of Armenia, bordering Azerbaijan. At 5,348 km², Gegharkunik is the largest province in Armenia by area. However, approximately 1,278 km² of its territory is covered by Lake Sevan, the largest lake in the Caucasus and a major tourist attraction of the region. It has an exclave inside AzerbaijanArtsvashen, which came under Azerbaijani control during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Its capital is Gavar.

Sevan National Park 

Sevan National Park was established in 1978 to protect Lake Sevan. It occupies the territories of the Lake Sevan comprising the bed of intermontane concavity of Sevan and those freed from its bed. The area comprises 1501 square kilometers, of which 24.9 thousand hectares are lakeside land. It is surrounded with the slopes of mountain chains of Areguni, Geghama, Vardenis, Pambak and Sevan. Some 1600 plant and 330 animal species are found here. The park is divided into 3 zones: a reserve, a recreation zone, and a zone for economic use.

Akhnabad Yew Grove State Reservation

Akhnabad Yew Grove State Reservation was established in 1958. It is located on Mt. Tsaghkot of the Miapor mountain range near Aghavnavank. The main species of the reservation is yew (taxus baccata L.). On the territory of the reservation yew grows in the mixed forest (beech, oak, maple etc.). Trees 300–400 years old, 25 m high and with 70–90 cm trunk diameter can be found there.

Getik State Reservation

Getik State Reservation was established in 1971. Main protected objects are forest fauna.

Juniper Forest State Reservation

Juniper Forest State Reservation was established in 1958. Main protected object is relict juniper, as well as other numerous species.


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