Armenia is an amazing place on the planet, where the enchanting beauty of the mountain nature merges with the luxury of ancient architecture, mysteriously transferring you for many centuries into the past when in 301 AD Christianity was first recognized as the official religion ...
Thus, Armenia is a real tourist attraction for those who want to explore ancient history, to come in contact with centuries-old monuments of architecture or to make a religious tour, visiting the oldest monasteries and temples.
An exciting trip should begin with the "pink city" of Yerevan, namely the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts of Matenadaran . Here are kept the rarest letters, as well as the largest and smallest book in the world.
The study of the history of the capital continues inside the fortress walls of the city of Erebuni , founded in 782 BC. According to Forbes, Erebuni was included in the "nine most ancient fortresses of the world".
Another extremely important historical site in Yerevan is the Monument to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 . This place, similar to the tragic events of that time, has a special significance for the local population.
Many interesting guests of Armenia are waiting in the vicinity of the capital, for example, the Etchmiadzin Cathedral , the spiritual center of all Armenians, founded in 301-303. This place also serves as the residence of the Armenian Catholicos, who is the head of the local clergy.
On the territory of one of the historical Armenian capitals, the city of Artashat, the Khor Virap Monastery is located. In this sacred place for all Christians, the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years. Visiting the monastery, everyone will be able to see the unique architectural monument and learn the history of Armenia's conversion to Christianity.
After a trip to Khor Virap, tourists will visit Noravank monastery , built from local red stone. Unusual architectural solutions combined with bright colors of the surrounding nature create a sense of grandeur and mysticism.
In Armenia, the tour participants will be able to see unique architectural monuments that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of such objects is the monastery complex Geghard , partially erected directly in the rock.
Near it is the pagan temple of Garni . This is the only monument of architecture that belongs to the Hellenistic era.
It is difficult to imagine a trip to Armenia without visiting the high-mountainous Lake Sevan , where, in addition to excellent rest, guests will receive an interesting cognitive excursion to the Sevanavank monastery erected in the IX century.
All of the above is just a small part of Armenia's architectural and historical wealth. It should be noted that along with the cultural program of the tourists there are various types of tours, walks through the evening capital, visiting entertainment and shopping centers, restaurants with traditional Armenian cuisine and other amazing places that will make the trip unforgettable.