The village Oshakan is situated 8 kilometers southwest from Ashtarak administrative center in Aragatsotn Region. Oshakan is well known among pilgrims of the Armenian Apostolic Church. However, it is most popular as the place where Mesrop Mashtots was burried, the creator of the Armenian alphabet (442year) is buried. Later in 1875, a church was built on the tomb of MesropMashtots that is well-known for its wall-painting by one of the Armenian talented artists H. Minasyan.
Excavations have been carried out nearby the Oshakan village, due to which a 7-5th century BC fortress was found together with five palace complexes. Not far in a valley of Mankanots, there is a 7th century Sion church with an unusual plinth (6-7th c.) that is believed to indicate the tomb of the Byzantine emperor Mauricius or his mother. A number of saints are buried in the vicinities including with several rich Iron Age tomb fields.