Yukhari Chanakhchi

Yukhari Chanakhchi is a village in the Iravan uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Vedi (Ararat) district, and currently in the Ararat province. The provincial centre is located 56 km to the southeast of the town of Gamarli (Artashat), in Ordundara, above the Ordun River, at a distance of 90 versts from Iravan and at a height of 1,730 m above sea level. The village was marked on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was inhabited by 30 Azerbaijanis in 1831. In 1828–1829 the Armenians removed from Iran and Türkiye were settled in the village. The Armenians gradually ousted the Azerbaijanis from the village.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the word “yukhari” denoting a distinguishing feature and the Turkic tribal name “Chanakhchi”.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 10 September 1948, the village was renamed “Sovetashen”, later by decision dated 3 April 1991, it was changed to “Dzangakatun”. According to the law “On the Administrative-Territorial Division of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Ararat province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 39°48’ N., longitude 45°03’ E.