Guru Araz

Guru Araz is a village in the Echmiadzin uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Gurdugulu (Hoktemberyan) district, and currently in the Armavir province. The provincial centre lies 14 km to the southeast of the town of Serdarabad (Hoktemberyan, Armavir), at a height of 840 m above sea level.

The village was originally inhabited by Azerbaijanis, and following the settlement of Armenians in the area, the local residents gradually left the village.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the name of the Araz River and the Azerbaijani word “guru” (dry). It is a hydrotoponym.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 19 April 1950, the village was renamed “Yeraskhaun”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Armavir province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude: 40°04’ N., longitude: 44°12’ E.