Ashtarak is a town and urban municipal community in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It is on the left bank of the Kasagh River, near the gorge, northwest of the capital, Yerevan, which is the capital. It is the capital of the province of Aragatsotn. Ashtarak is an important intersection for the routes that go from Yerevan to Gyumri and to Vanadzor.
People in the town have a big impact on Armenia's economy as well as its cultural life because of a lot of businesses and cultural groups. It has become a small town near Yerevan. As far as Ashtarak goes, the village of Mughni is part of it.
It had 18,834 people living there in 2011; that's how many people lived there. As of 2016, the official figure for Ashtarak's population was 18,,000.
The Armenian Apostolic Church's prelacy is based in Ashtarak. The prelacy of the Diocese of Aragatsotn is based there.
Fortress or a tower is "Ashtarak." The name Ashtarak, on the other hand, is said to be based on the Assyrian and Babylonian fertility goddess Ishtar (Ashtar). It turns out that the name of Ishtar was never used in Armenian mythology during the ancient times. When people lived in Urartu, they called her Shardi or Sardi because she was a goddess of fertility. Later, the monks called her Astghik because she was a saint.
They think that the name Ashtarak has something to do with the legend of Shidar, a son of Armenian king Artavasdes I, or with Sarduri II.