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A culturally diverse country Armenia boasts breathtaking panoramic views, friendly people, great cuisine, fine food and wine and plenty of sun. From Armenia’s capital Yerevan to its ancient villages, there is a wealth of things to see and do wherever you go in this fascinating country.

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Armenia. 

1. The History and Biblical Mountain Ararat

The Armenians, an ancient civilisation whose history is long, complex, and in many ways epic and heroic. Armenians are the first nation to adopt Christianity as the official religion of their state (301 A.D.) Armenians consider themselves direct descendants of Noah, survivor of the Biblical flood. According to Genesis the boat came to rest on a mountain in the Ararat range. Ararat, located in the heart of Armenia, was a Holy Mountain for the peoples of the ancient world. Many ancient scriptures placed the Biblical Garden of Eden in the Land of Armenia also called the Land of Ararat.


2. Ancient monasteries

There are innumerable historical monuments in Armenia 40,000 are available for visiting and are waiting for an admiring traveller. Most of them are churches. Historically Armenians built their monasteries hidden from hostile neighbors to avoid destruction and massacre. Most of ancient monuments are restored. The restoration had begun when Armenia was part of the Soviet Union and continues today. The architecture took on its own rules and the ornamentation of the sanctuaries was fascinating: interlacing and khatchkars (cross stones) with continuously changing patterns decorate every wall and every rock face. This tiny country is a home to so many true gems. Armenia is still quite an undiscovered yet underrated place. Here is second reason why you should pay this little landlocked state in South Caucasus a visit.


3. Amazing Landscapes

In Armenia the mountains are everywhere. A country that is very isolated between the high Caucasian Mountains and the semi-desert mountains of northern Iran, 90% of Armenia is located at more than one thousand meters of altitude. You will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes of this ancient country from semi deserts up to the alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks and white sand beaches of the Lake Sevan, the lush forests of Dilijan or the huge red rocks of Noravank Canyon.



4. Diverse Wildlife

If you are wild life and nature lover, Armenia has several species of animals that are specific to the caucuses, sadly many which are endangered because of poaching. Some include the Armenian mouflon, Bezoar ibex, Mideastern brown bear, imperial eagle, European roe deer, wild boar, the golden jackal, gampr (type of dog specific to the highlands of Armenia) and the swamp cat. Many animals in Armenia are in danger becoming extinct because of illegal poaching, including the ibex and leopard, of which there are only 15 left. Armenia does require permits for hunting, but there is very little regulation.



5. Armenian Cuisine

Armenian Cuisine is as ancient as its history, as the land it is standing on. Armenian culinary traditions are over 2000 years old. The abundance of meat on Armenian tables is the result of the most ancient development of cattle breeding in Armenian uplands which led to such a variety of livestock and poultry. Traditionally Armenians cooked food on fire. The clay furnace began to be called tonir and has retained this name. Tonir was used for cooking bread, mashes, fish and poultry, vegetables, soups and other dishes. By the way, tonir was borrowed by all people of Transcaucasia becoming an integral part of their national culinary. Armenia in general has contributed a lot in term of cooking.



6. The Drinks

The alcohol in Armenia is cheap in price, but not in quality. You know the drinks are good when Winston Churchill proclaims that his favorite Brandy is Armenia’s Ararat Brandy. If Brandy isn’t your thing, then you must try the fruit wine that you can find for sale in different villages like mulberry wine or walnut liquor.

7. The World’s Longest Aerial Tramway 

The next reason to visit Armenia is the opportunity to ride the world’s longest aerial tramway (5.7km), “Tatev wings” which will take you to the huge monastic complex of Tatev (10th century), indeed a fairy-tale fortress – monastery nestled on a promontory surrounded by deep gorges.


8. The Silk Road

Visit Armenia and 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.


9.  The pink-colored capital of Armenia, Yerevan

Visit one of the world’s ancient continuously inhabited cities – Yerevan, the pink-colored capital of Armenia founded in 782 B.C. It’s called so because most of its building were built  by the local pink rock (tuff) quarried in Armenia. Erebuni (Yerevan) fortress is 29years older thanRome.This historical city becomes quite another place of interest during the night.bars and casinos are waiting for you to enjoy and have unforgettable time.


10. People

The one thing that really makes Armenia wonderful is the people. They’ve had a pretty rough history, but they’re so resilient. They are very hospitality and kind. Armenian people have come a long way, and in various periods have acquired different characteristic features, yet one thing that’s peculiar to every Armenian no matter in what age they lived is the love for their motherland and their Christian faith. It’s that love and their faith that have kept them united, and it’s due to those features that they have steadily walked and entered the 21st century. The love for their homeland is expressed everywhere; in art, literature and even daily work.

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