Ijevan is a city in Armenia and the capital of Tavush region. It is located in the northern part of the region, on the foot of Ijevan ridge and Nal'teket ridge on both banks of Aghstev River. The city's population as of 2009 is 20,500 making it the most populated city in the province. It is 137 km to the north-east of Yerevan. Currently, the mayor of the city is Varuzhan Nersisyan who runs Ijevan alongside a fifteen-member counsil. The Yerevan-Tbilisi highway passes through the city. Ijevan has a railway station since 1870.
Being located on a very important trade rout between the Levant and Northern Caucasus, the region was home to many rest-houses and caravanserais for the merchants and their caravans. In 1780s during the Persian rule, the village of Karavansara was founded. In 1801, the area of Ijevan along with Lori Province and the Georgian territories became part of the Russian Empire. During the rule of Pavel I, approximately 6000 Armenian families from Karabakh were allowed to move to the valley of Aghstev river and occupy the region around Karavansara village.