Welcome to Armenia!
Armenia is a sunny, mountainous country in South Caucasus. It is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The capital of Armenia – Yerevan, lies in the valley of famous mountains of Ararat, where the biblical Noah’s ark came to rest.
Armenia is a country with an ancient cultural heritage and the first country adopted Christianity in 4th century, ( 301 AD). For this reason, Armenians are often referred to as the “first Christian nation”.
You can find many Churches and old Monasteries which were cultural centres in medieval times. Armenians have their own unique alphabet, which was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.
The nature is changing from North to South. There are green, thick forests in Northern part, and pink dry rocky mountains in the South. Armenian food is tasty, because of the vegetables and fruits irrigated by sweet watersprings coming from Armenian mountains and strong sun.
Armen included the various sides of Armenia in all its diversity. You will visit the village Oshakan , the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of Armenian alphabet and will be acquainted to Armenian letters, curved from stone and scattered in the garden of the church in Oshakan.
Nearby is the huge bulk of the Mountain Aragats, with the VII century fortress situated on one of the four tops of the mountain. The road leading up to it on Aragats is virtually uninhabited and passes through gently sloping hills with an occasional shepherd or beekeeper. You will hike through the canyon or bike up the hill to Amberd, crossing fields of wildflowers and ravishing landscapes.
Going to the North you will find yourselves in a thick green forest with different trees and bushes, and going by the footpath through the villages you will reach the architectural complexes of Haghpat and Sanahin (X century), which are the outstanding examples of Armenian Medieval architecture and are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage List. You also will visit a delightful little town Dilijan and walk in the old street Sharambeyan, the street of craftsman’s workshops, galleries and museums. You will have an opportunity to feel the magical atmosphere of Lake Sevan, and try the delicious freshwater trout caught from the lake.
You will feel the fresh air in Noratus cemetery decorated with Armenian standing cross-stones. You will visit Khor Virap, which’s notability as a Monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Grigor Lusavorich, who brought Christianity to Armenia and later was canonized as Saint Gregory the Illuminator, was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates lll of Armenia.
Moving Southward nature changes to a completely different colours, to pink and orange stony rocks emerging from the hills. And suddenly between the mountains, like a hidden jewel, the Noravank Monastery (Xll-XlV century) appears, one of the masterpieces of Momik, an architect, sculptor and miniature painter. And in the end you will relish the hospitality of the second large city in Armenia – Gyumri, and taste the abundance of national dishes spiced with the peculiar funny dialect and unique sense of humour. Welcome to Armenia, a small country and big museum under the open air.