History

Khosrov III Kotak

Khosrov III Kotak

Khosrov Forest” state reserve is one of the oldest protected areas in the world having a history of about 1700 years. The roots of “Khosrov Forest” state reserve go back to the depth of history and reach till the 4-th century AD to the dinasty of Arshakunyats. Historical sources say that “Khosrov Forest” expression is associated with the King Khosrov III Kotak. Particularly, according to the chronicler Movses Khorenatsi during his reign in the historical region of Ayrarat from the river Araks, near Dvin till the river Azat were planted many trees.

The region of Ayrarat on the map of historical Armenia

The region of Ayrarat on the map of historical Armenia

Khosrov Kotak founded special hunting places for birds and animals in the area of the forest. The years of plantation of Khosrov artifitial forest include the period of 330-338 years.

Some parts of the forest are protected till our days and in 1958 become a reserve.

“khosrov Forest” state reserve is one of 3 reserves of Armenia with reserves of “Erebuni” and “Shikahogh”. 3 reserves together are 35.439 hectares wich makes 1.5 percent of the area of Armenian Republic.