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ARMAVIR, (1) The ruins of the old capital of Armenia, on the
S.E. slope of the extinct volcano Ala-geuz, according to legend,
built by Armais, a grandson of Haik, in 1980 B.C., and the capital
of the Armenian kings till the 2nd century A.D. Now a small
village, Tapadibi, occupies its seat. (2) A district town of Russia,
northern Caucasia, province of Kuban, on Kuban river, and
on the main line of the Caucasian railway, 40 m. by rail west
of Stavropol, built in 1848 for the settlement of Armenian
mountaineers, and now a well-built, growing town with 8000
inhabitants, the merchants of which carry on a lively trade.
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