Destination Overview ARMENIA

Unexpectedly amazing land of Armenia – here is the most common definition by the tourists when describing Armenia. Armenia is a sovereign state in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia and borders by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran. It’s located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and is a country of mountainous terrain centered on the Mt. Ararat Valley-the heart and the symbol of the Armenian nation since biblical times.

Many different cultures and nations have been referring to the Armenian Highlands as the Holy Land because Noah’s ark came to rest on the Ararat mountain. It was mostly defined also “Mountainous Island” or the “Rooftop of Asia Minor” as the average altitude of the country is at about 1800 MSL. In the 1st century BC the Kingdom of Armenia reached its height enlarging its territory to about 300 000 km2 stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, but today it’s a landlocked country with no navigable waterways.

 

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Even without sea access Armenia’s landscapes offer boundless beauty. In only 29,743 km2 (about the size of Belgium) all 7 main landscape types are represented and the landscapes are changed every 30 km: white and high mountain peaks, fertile green valleys, picturesque rock sculptures, rapid rivers, waterfalls, canyons, mineral springs and the fascinating lake Sevan which is the second highest and largest alpine freshwater lake in the world. It’s nice to travel to Armenia in each season because it has 4 seasons well distinguished from each other: snow-white winter, mellow autumn, colorful spring and sunny summer with a huge variety of fruits of which apricot and pomegranate as a symbol of Armenia from ancient times.

Being an ancient cradle of civilization Armenia today appears to the travellers by its Christian aspect as the 1st Christian state in the world. The enormous Christian heritage with a set of UNESCO sites is well combined with the pre-Christian civilization traces on all over the country, with variable landscapes, delicious Armenian cuisine, that would satisfy the tastes even of the most rigorous gourmets, ancient traditions and customs with a strong family institution that managed to preserve Armenian culture, identity, traditions and belonging for centuries, and of course with its very hospitable people defined by tourists as a highlight of the country.

Armenia, indeed, is a country of contrasts. Here the past and the present live very close to each other. You will feel that even in Yerevan which was founded in 782 BC (29 years older than the city of Rome) but today appears to the travelers with nice and modern charm with a large number of museums, art galleries and libraries. Being among the safest cities in the world, Yerevan has an extensive nightlife scene with a variety of night clubs, live venues, pedestrian zones, street cafes, jazz cafes, tea houses, casinos, pubs, karaoke clubs and restaurants.

Armenia – Simply beautiful!

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Yerevan – The city older then Rome. It’s the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It’s 2800+ years old city which historical center dates back to the 8th century BC. Today, Yerevan is also a modern charming city with interesting cultural life, beautiful green parks and numerous fancy restaurants.

Garni – A village to the south-east of Yerevan which hosts the only pre Christian standing building in the region and the CIS countries. The Pagan temple dedicated to the God of Sun dates back to the 1st century AD. It’s at the edge of a triangular cliff overlooking Azat River gorge along the sides of which are cliff walls of well-preserved basalt columns called “Symphony of the Stones”.

Lake Sevan – The emerald of Armenia and the second largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lake of the world. Its sole major island (now a peninsula) host a medieval monastery and offers a breathtaking panoramic view to the blue waters of the lake. This huge freshwater basin is home for endemic Sevan trout (Salmo ischchan) which is delicious especially grilled with vegetables.

Echmiadzin – The religious center of Armenia 20 km west of the capital. The city is best known as the location of Etchmiadzin Cathedral and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church, one the first Christian churches of the world. The city is home to other early Christian period churches with unique architecture and all are listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tsagkhadzor – 50 kilometers north of the capital Yerevan, surrounded with alpine meadows, this spa town is situated on the slope of Mount Teghenis, at a height of 1841 MSL and is a perfect place for ski lovers and for winter holidays. Here the skiing season normally starts in mid-December and stretches well into March with the top slopes often fit for skiing in April.

Geghard – Geghardavank means “the Monastery of the Spear”, originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus and preserved in the monastery till 17th century. It’s a partly cave monastery of 12-13 century and is listed in UNESCO highlights with enhanced protection status.

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