Alaverdi is a city situated in the northeast of the Armenian province of Lori, not far from the border with Georgia. This mining and industrial city with approximately 16,500 inhabitants -down from 26,300 of the 1989- situated at the bottom of the Debed river gorge, is one of the commercial and industrial centres of the district. It is situated at the only direct rail link between Armenia and Georgia.
Historically, the area of Manes-Alaverdi was part of Dzoropor canton of Gugark province of Greater Armenia. The region was historically known as Manes or Manasgomer. Starting from the 17th century, the settlement became to be known as Alaverdi which is derived from the name of a 17th century Turkic tribe leader called Allahverdi Mollaoghlu Tarkhan.