Haykakan Par

Haykakan Par (Armenian: Հայկական Պար, lit.'Armenian Dance') is a ridge at the mid of the Armenian highland. It starts near sources of the Araxes river and stretches from the south bank as far west as Mount Ararat. The length of the ridge 200 km, the height - up to 3445 m. It was formed by a chain of volcanoes that arose along a major tectonic fault. The ridge is part of the watershed between the basins of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf.

Haykakan Par mountains
Highest point
Elevation3,455 m (11,335 ft)
Coordinates39°51′31″N 42°02′13″E / 39.85861°N 42.03694°E / 39.85861; 42.03694
Length400 km (250 mi)
Native nameՀայկական Պար Լեռներ (Armenian)


Due to the Armenian genocide, the ethnic composition of the region has changed radically over the last 150 years. In the 1920s, the newly-founded Turkish Republic started the Turkification of all Armenian toponyms remaining in the eastern half of present-day Turkey.