Yanigpaya is a village in the Gazakh uezd of the former Yelizavetpol (Ganja) governorate, later in the former Chambarak (Krasnoselsk) district, and currently in the Gegharkunik province. The provincial centre is located 102 km to the north of the town of Kavar (Gavar) and at a height of 1,575 m above sea level. The village was marked as “Yanikhgaya” on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was solely inhabited by Azerbaijanis – 133 in 1897 and 226 in 1919. The inhabitants were ousted having been exposed to massacre committed by Armenian armed units in March 1919. After the establishment of Soviet power on the territory of present-day Armenia, those who survived were able to return to their homes. The village was solely inhabited by Azerbaijanis – 150 in 1922, 171 in 1926, 197 in 1931, 254 in 1939, 387 in 1959, 524 in 1970, 536 in 1979 and 450 Azerbaijanis in 1987. In November and December 1988 the village inhabitants were forced to flee from their homes by the Armenian state. At present, the village is inhabited only by Armenians.

The toponym was coined by combining the Azerbaijani words “yanig” and “paya”.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 25 January 1978, the village was renamed “Meshakand”, then “Antaramech” on 3 April 1991. It was integrated into the administrative territory of the Gegharkunik province according to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 40041’N, longitude 45008’E.