An Armenian miniature representing the Battle of AvarayrThe Battle of Avarayr (Armenian: Ավարայրի ճակատամարտ, transliteration in Armenian “Avarayri chakatamart” Persian: نبرد آوارایر‎) also known as Battle of Vartanantz, was fought on May 26, 451 AD on the Avarayr Plain in Vaspurakan, between the Armenian Army under Saint Vartan and Sassanid Persia. Although the Persians were victorious on the battlefield itself, the battle proved to be a major strategic victory for Armenians, as Avarayr paved way to the Nvarsak Treaty (484 AD), which affirmed Armenia’s right to practice Christianity freely.

An Armenian miniature representing the Battle of Avarayr
The Battle of Avarayr (Armenian: Ավարայրի ճակատամարտ, transliteration in Armenian “Avarayri chakatamart” Persian: نبرد آوارایر‎) also known as Battle of Vartanantz, was fought on May 26, 451 AD on the Avarayr Plain in Vaspurakan, between the Armenian Army under Saint Vartan and Sassanid Persia. Although the Persians were victorious on the battlefield itself, the battle proved to be a major strategic victory for Armenians, as Avarayr paved way to the Nvarsak Treaty (484 AD), which affirmed Armenia’s right to practice Christianity freely.