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WHY ARMENIA?

Explore The First Christian Country In The world

Did you know that Armenia was the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion? It happened in 301 AD with the assistance of Gregory the Illuminator and Armenian king Trdat III. The country began the destruction of pagan temples and the construction of Christian churches. The very first was The Echmiadzin Cathedral, which became the first Christian cathedral in the world.
Today, religious monuments of Christianity can be seen everywhere throughout Armenia. Look out for their majestic medieval architecture, which, juxtaposed against the striking surrounding landscapes, create a spectacular sight. We also recommend paying a visit to the mysterious Monastery of Geghard, half-carved in the rock and over 800 years old. Alternatively, fly over the deep gorge to the Monastery of Tatev, a pearl of medieval Armenian architecture, or visit the prison where Gregory The Illuminator suffered at the Monastery of Khor Virap.

 Taste The Most Delicious Water And The Most Ancient Cuisine In The South Caucasus

Did you know that the water in Armenia is considered one of the safest and most delicious in the world. The secret is that it comes from pure natural sources. Another unique feature of Yerevan is that at almost any corner you can find small fountains with drinking water. In honor of its 2,750th anniversary, the city received 2,750 small fountains for every year. The anniversary has long passed but the fountains remain, and everyone can drink clean cold water free of charge.
Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest in the South Caucasus. The dishes here are diverse and delicious thanks to the use of lots of spices, herbs, and wild flowers. In Armenia, and especially in Yerevan, there are many traditional restaurants offering a great choice of local dishes. To start with you can order spas, creamy and low-calorie soup, prepared from fermented Armenian yogurt (matsun). For the second, try Armenian kyufta (meatballs) or tolma (grape leaves stuffed with minced meat). Also make sure to try juicy barbecue or khorovats, as locals say. Its preparation is a real ritual in which, according to traditions, only men take part. As a snack, sample the white Armenian cheese and basturma (dried meat with spices). You can wrap this in lavash, Armenian national pita bread included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. For dessert, the best choice is the Armenian gata, a puff pastry that melts in your mouth.

Ride The World’s Longest Aerial Tramway

You can get to the one of the most magnificent creations of medieval Armenian architecture, Tatev monastery, by a ropeway “Wings of Tatev”, which happens to be the longest in the world (5,752 meters). Not one for those with a fear of heights, as you’ll find yourself walking at 320 meters above the picturesque gorge of the River Vorotan for 12 minutes. At the end of the journey, you’ll arrive at a unique monastery, built in the 9th-13th centuries.

Take A Dip In The Inverted Sky

Lake Sevan is located so high up in the mountains, that when you sit on the bank it seems that the water surface is about to touch the sky. This amazing lake is the largest and possibly the most beautiful in the Caucasus. The clean fresh water only gets warm in the middle of the summer, which means it is the perfect place to cool down on a hot day. The lake, which locals call ‘the Armenian Sea,’ is surrounded by mountains. Spend an afternoon here and notice how every hour the water changes its color, from azure to turquoise to navy blue. You can also explore the monastic complex of Sevanavank, built in 874, located nearby.

Feel Armenian Hospitality

Experience the uncommon hospitality of the Armenian people! The Armenian mythology is the only one in the world having a God of Hospitality named VANATOOR. No wonder here the people may invite you into their houses to share food with you even if they don’t know you. Armenia has always been a crossroads of trade routes, that’s why the culture of Armenians have formed for centuries. A bit hot-tempered but open-hearted and good-natured at the same time, Armenians are famous for their kindness and hospitality, respect for adults, strong family values and gentle attitude to children. Almost all the tourists travelling around Armenia mention these remarkable features and for a long time keep in memory the warm communication with locals. Of course, as in any other country Armenia has its own nuances of the right behavior which should be taken into account by foreigners to feel as comfortable as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Taste The Most Delicious Water And The Most Ancient Cuisine In The South Caucasus

The earliest remark about carpet weaving is found in the «Anabasis» by a 5th century B.C. Greek historian Xenophon. On his way back from Western Asia to Thrace Xenophon was invited by Seuthes to a feast. He wrote, «Timasion who had cups and barbarian carpets drunk to Seuthes and presented him with a silver cup and a carpet…». The fact that the 10000 Greek army retreated through the territory of the historical Armenia and that the historian mentioned barbarian carpets and not Greek «tapis» give us some grounds to suggest that the carpet given to Seuthes should have been Armenian. Many historians consider the Armenian Highlands as the birthplace of the eastern carpet. It is unknown whether it’s true or not, but from ancient times, the Armenian tradition of carpet weaving has been famous for its high and unique quality not only in the country, but also abroad. If you want to get acquainted with Armenian carpet weaving, we advise visiting the gallery and factory Mgeryan Karpet. In their gallery, you can see old works from the 16th-19th centuries, and buy the works you like the most. For a good buy, you can also visit Vernissage, an open-air souvenir fair located not far from the Republic Square. The fair offers a wide variety of things, antiques, old carpets, silver ceramics, pottery, national musical instruments, vases of onyx and much more.

Buy A Beautiful Carpet

The earliest remark about carpet weaving is found in the «Anabasis» by a 5th century B.C. Greek historian Xenophon. On his way back from Western Asia to Thrace Xenophon was invited by Seuthes to a feast. He wrote, «Timasion who had cups and barbarian carpets drunk to Seuthes and presented him with a silver cup and a carpet…». The fact that the 10000 Greek army retreated through the territory of the historical Armenia and that the historian mentioned barbarian carpets and not Greek «tapis» give us some grounds to suggest that the carpet given to Seuthes should have been Armenian. Many historians consider the Armenian Highlands as the birthplace of the eastern carpet. It is unknown whether it’s true or not, but from ancient times, the Armenian tradition of carpet weaving has been famous for its high and unique quality not only in the country, but also abroad. If you want to get acquainted with Armenian carpet weaving, we advise visiting the gallery and factory Mgeryan Karpet. In their gallery, you can see old works from the 16th-19th centuries, and buy the works you like the most. For a good buy, you can also visit Vernissage, an open-air souvenir fair located not far from the Republic Square. The fair offers a wide variety of things, antiques, old carpets, silver ceramics, pottery, national musical instruments, vases of onyx and much more.

Stand On The Silk Road

Stand on the old Silk Road, its bridges and see caravanserais (hotels of antiquity). The Silk Road was about 7000km long, and 500km passed through Armenia. The archaeological evidences of the involvement of Armenia in the gradually shaping system of all Asian exchange of goods became manifest in the 3rd millennium BC. These routes later served as the beginning of the Great Silk Road. The significance of Armenia in this vital exchange of goods, technologies, cultural, scientific achievements was also reflected in the diplomatic documents of the antiquity. In the treaties between the Roman Empire and Parthia (166 AD) and later Byzantium and the Sassanid Empire (408 AD), the capital of Armenia Artashat and Dvin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Cheap, Available and Safty

Armenia is quite affordable to visit. The prices on food at restaurants and hotels are quite reasonable. In Armenia You won’t find people trying to steal your things while you look in the other direction. There will be no hands will be pilfering the contents of your pockets while you’re taking photos, and it was common to see people leave their cars unlocked and unattended, while the keys were still in the ignition. Uh, what? We’d be hard-pressed to come up with other countries where this would be possible. In Armenia the food is affordable. This is due to the fact, that the main raw materials used (meat, vegetables, legumes) are local production, there are always in a market. Local farms are not used chemical additives and various stimulants. In the markets is sold products that is given from nature , which is the basic guarantee of safety.
Accommodation is also available in Armenia.

Because Of The Development Of Armenian Tourism

 

Tourism in Armenia has been a key sector to the Armenian economy since the 1990s as half a million people visit the country every year .Armenia has been investing in new hotels to increase tourism. Outdoor activities and scenery seem to be the primary attractions. Lake Sevan, the world’s largest mountain lake, is a popular summer tourist spot. The Tsakhkadzor ski resort is open for skiing in the winter and hiking and picnicking the rest of the year. Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, also boasts opera, theaters and other cultural attractions. Though relatively small in size, Armenia has UNESCO world heritage sites. Tourism has been growing gradually in Armenia since 2000.

So, travel to Armenia! Give them some love. They need it, but more importantly, they deserve it.