Haji Gara

Haji Gara is a village in the Echmiadzin uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Uchkilsa (Echmiadzin, Vagharshapat) district, and currently in the Armavir province. The provincial centre is located 32 km to the northeast of the town of Serdarabad (Armavir), on the banks of the Abaran River, at a height of 950 m above sea level. It was marked as “Haji Garali” in “The Iravan Province Comprehensive Data Book” compiled in 1590, and as “Haji Gara” on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village had been inhabited by Azerbaijanis until 1828. Armenians were moved there from the Khoy province of Iran after the Treaty of Turkmenchay, 1829. Along with the Armenians, the village was inhabited by 27 Azerbaijanis in 1831 and eight Azerbaijanis in 1897. The Azerbaijanis were deported from their historical and ethnic lands by Armenian armed forces in the early 20th century. At present, the village is inhabited by Armenians.

The toponym “Gara Hajili” was coined on the basis of the Turkic ethnonym.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 3 January 1935, the village was renamed “Aygeshad”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Armavir province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude: 40°14’ N., longitude: 44°17’ E.