Area: 2643 km² Population 361400
Administrative center: Gyumri
Sights: Harichavank, Artik, Lmbatavank, Marmashen, Pemzashen.
Distance from Yerevan to Gyumri: 145 km
Geography: Akhuryan river, Tsokhamarg, Illi, Karkachun, Lake Arpa 22 km2.
Shirak is located in the north-west of the country. Shirak is rich with tufa, pumice and limestone. The climate is characterized with extremely cold snowy winters and mild summers. Here is located the second largest reserves of water – the lake-reservoir Arpi.