Arutch is a village in the Aragatsotn Province located in northern Armenia. The village experienced prosperity during the reign of Prince Grigor Mamikonyan (661-685). At the time, it was the administrative and military center of Armenia. The most remarkable architectural buildings of Arutch date back to this time. Among them are the Cathedral of Saint Grigor and the Prince’s Palace. They belong to the most well-known landmarks of the early medieval Armenian architecture. 

Arutch saw its second massive economic and cultural boom from the 9th to the early 13thC.

This was due to the favorable location of the village on the trade route running from Tabriz (Iran) through the Ararat plain and the highlands of Shirak up to the Black Sea. Only the Mongol invasion would bring this golden age to an abrupt end.