Byurakan is a leisure and resort village famous for the Astrophysical Observatory. The observatory was founded in 1946, but the official opening was in 1956. It is on the chest of Aragats Mountain. The observatory Byurakan is one of the greatest World centers of Astronomy. The main tools used during explorations are telescopes. During last years galactic astronomy has been largely studied here. In 1967 the center has received a prize for its great successes and qualified specialists. The main explorations concern the problem of development of star systems. Byurakan is also a place of historical monuments. You can see here the church of St. Hovhannes (10th c.) with rich interior and two big praying rooms. There are many “vishaps”, stone sculptures of mythical fishes – guards of Water, spread over the slopes of Aragats mount.
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