Welcome to Armenia
Armenia has its special and unique image. It can be compared to a lady – a strict majestic beauty with a touch of noble grey hair of antiquity. The wrinkles on her "face" are the consequences of distressful past when Armenia had to defend the territory and sacred Christian faith. Her wise calmness gives you the feeling of another dimension: you start to appreciate the true meaning of life and nature.
Why? Perhaps, it is there, where the history of the new humanity was continued? After all, according to the biblical legend Mount Ararat* was the destination point of well-known Noah's Ark which saved life of people and animals after the Flood.
One can compare the trip to Armenia with the travel back to the roots. It might become a pilgrimage, a chance to touch a relic. Holy places are everywhere there – temples, monasteries, churches – all of them testify on the firmness of Christian faith, and the pride of being the first in the world to adopt Christianity as official religion in 301.
Today the country has everything for tourism development: hotels are under construction, mountain ski resorts Vanadzor, Tsakhkadzor, Dilizhan and Ankavan are being renovated, balneal resort Arzni, tourist complexes on Sevan are being created. There, in Armenia, you can experience mountain-skiing, rafting, mountain stream fishing, healing mineral baths, hunting, and mountain-biking …
However, Armenia is especially valued by people who enjoy culture tourism. They are attracted there by tremendous beauty of nature, natural rest, exotic atmosphere of mountaineers' way of life, the hospitality of Armenian people and unique ancient culture of Armenians. Visiting places where great civilizations prospered, bloody battles raged, historical events of world importance occurred – isn't it a traveler's dream?
Armenia is indeed unique. Its ancient churches and castles, high-mountain lakes and rivers, majestic rocks, deep canyons hide thousand of stories mysteries.
Nowhere in the world are there such mountains, such ancient history, such beautiful female eyes, such divine cognac and such thin bread. “The most delicious meat is on bones, the best land is on stones” - say Armenians about their country.
Armenia – the most ancient country – stood on the routes connecting Europe and Asia. This not only the first ever Christian state but also one of the earliest states on the earth - already in the 9th-6th centuries BC the powerful state of Urartu existed on the territory of Armenia. Numerous epochs left their traces on its territory, so in terms of quantity of historical and cultural monuments this country can be considered as one of the most interesting in the Old World. Armenia is sometimes called “open-air museum”. There you will find traces left from almost all ancient civilizations of the Old World, and numerous monuments of art and architecture make the country a keeper of culture masterpieces.
The ancient architectural monuments, original traditions and customs, delicious ethnic cuisine, exclusive arts and crafts and unique nature of places where high mountains are replaced by deep gorges, woods - by semi-deserts, and droughty plains - by snow-peaked mountains are waiting for you.
Cities and Regions of Armenia
There are only few modern cities in the world which are as old as Yerevan. In 2018 the city will celebrate its 2,800 th anniversary. This ancient city was founded in 782 BC by the tsar of Ancient Urartu – Argishti I who built the fortress on Arin-Berd hill and named it Erebuni. That fortress gave the name to the city which grew around. The ancient slab found by archeologists on that hill became the original birth certificate of the city. The cuneiform writing says: “With the help of great God Haldi the tasr Argishti, the son of Menua constructed this powerful fortress and named it Erebuni”. It was 29 years prior to the origination of Rome.
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The marz of Aragatsotn is located in the western part of Armenia and is surrounded by mountains from its three sides; one is Mount Aragats - the highest peak of Armenia (4,090 m) which gave the marz its name. The marz territory stretched as far as the border with Turkey.
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The marz of Ararat (region of Ararat) is located in the western part of Armenia and borders on Turkey and Nagorno-Karabakh. The territory of Ararat marz is accurately divided into two parts – plains and mountains. The plains are located between the river Razdan and the border of Armenia with Turkey. The most part of the population of the marz basically consists of Armenian immigrants from Persia who arrived there in the 1830s.
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The historical Armavir area is situated between Mount Aragats and Mount Ararat and is a part of Ararat Valley, the biggest and the most fertile of 40 valleys of Armenian upland. It is the smallest marz (region) in Armenia, although it is the most densely populated in the country. Traditionally the population there is engaged in agriculture therefore most people live in villages.
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The marz of Gegharqunik (Gegharkunik Province) is located in the eastern part of Armenia at the foot of the Gegam Mountains. It is one of the largest regions of the country. The beautiful Lake Sevan is hidden high in the mountains. In antiquity it was called the Geghama Sea. Lake Sevan's the territory equals one quarter of the marz and is its main natural landmark.
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