Take a trip to Armenia
Small country with a millennial and tormented history, even the fact that Armenia still exists is a miracle, several contemporary peoples of Armenia have left the historical arena through the centuries, such as the Sumerians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians , etc. The first nation to embrace Christianity and make it the state religion, Armenia will introduce you to its vast cultural heritage. In a limited area of 30,000 square kilometers, 25,000 monuments of history and culture are scattered, which have earned the title of open-air museum for Armenia. With all these cultural riches, Armenia offers fascinating and unforgettable landscapes ranging from the virgin forests of the north of the snow-capped peaks of the Ararat mountain to the deep canyons and picturesque torrents with the turquoise waters of Lake Sevan and the mountain pastures of the south. A surprising diversity of landscapes that you will find on this small territory. The kindness and hospitality of the Armenian people complete the unique image of Armenia.
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Garni pagan temple and Geghardavank monastery.
Thirty kilometers from Yerevan, on the edge of the picturesque Azat Gorge, is the only pagan temple of Garni preserved in Armenia. This peripteral temple, dedicated to the cult of the god Mihr, is the only witness to Armenia’s Hellenistic past. Not far from the temple of Garni is one of the wonderful monasteries of Armenia – Geghardavank. Built during the renaissance of Armenian architecture, it impresses with its rock-cut rooms.
Lake Sevan and the city of Dilijan
Considered a true pearl of Armenia, Lake Sevan is the favorite place of Armenian vacationers for the beauty of its natural setting and the convenience of rest. Perched at 1900 meters, it is the second highest lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in Peru. On its shore are the richest forests of Armenia, which is home to the city of Dilijan and a large number of historical monuments. This is the green region of Tavush called the Armenian Switzerland.
City of Etchmiadzin
Located 24 kilometers from Yerevan, the historic city of Echmiadzin is considered the religious capital of the country. It is the residence of the Catholicos (supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church) which houses the oldest churches in Armenia, including the Cathedral of St. Gregory erected in the years 303-304. A great architectural richness of the early Christian period is scattered in this holy city.
The monasteries of Khor Virap and Noravank
These two sites are among the most visited in Armenia.
The Khor Virap monastery for its religious importance and place of pilgrimage, but especially its exceptional panorama on the Mount Ararat. The building was probably built in the 7th century and was entirely rebuilt until the 17th century. Its ramparts overhang magnificent vineyards where memorable walks are possible.
80 kilometers east of Noravank the “new monastery” is located near the town of Eghegnazor. It is famous for its unparalleled decorative finesse and the unforgettable landscapes that surround it; the glowing rocks of Vayots Dzor and the wine region of Vayots Dzor.
Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries
Sheltered by one of the mountainous regions of Armenia, the Lori region, these two monasteries belong to the golden age of Armenian architecture. Built in a time of autonomy and cultural blossoming, they impress us with their size and refined architecture. The fascinating Debed Gorge adds to the charm of these sites. Harmonious route between villages of stages between forests where beautiful streams flow. The most famous town in the region is Alaverdi. You can use its funicular railway, formerly used by the mine workers, which now allows you to reach the Sanahin monastery with a breathtaking view of the whole valley.
Thanks to Mihran Simonyan Tour Guide in Armenia