Why visit Armenia 🇦🇲 ?
The ancient history of Armenia
Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world, first mentioned in BC. In 520, in the manuscript “Behistun” of the king of Dari. Armenia was also the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Gregory the Illuminator, who baptized Armenia in 301, became the first Catholicos of all Armenians.
Armenia became the first Christian state. The capital of Armenia, Yerevan, is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded in BC. In 782 by King Argishti I, which shows that Yerevan is 29 years older than Rome.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
A large number of Armenian sights և structures are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are 9 cultural sites in Armenia, which are under the auspices of UNESCO: Haghpat Monastery (X-XIII centuries), Sanahin Monastery (X century), Etchmiadzin Cathedral (IV century), St. Hripsime Church (VII century), St. Gayane Church (VII century), Zvartnots archeological site (VII century), Geghard monastery (IV-XIII centuries), St. Shoghakat church (XVII century), Upper Azat river valley.
In 2014, Armenian lavash was added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The list of intangible heritage sites includes playing the duduk (2005), the skill of creating Armenian khachkars – stone crosses (2010), the medieval Armenian epic “David of Sassoun” (2012).
The longest cable car in the world
Located next to Tat Monastery (built in the 9th-13th centuries), the Tat Tat Ropeway is the longest cable car in the world. The 5,752-meter-tall Tat T’er is the only engineering facility of its size in the world to be built in just 10 months. The air route to the monastery takes 11 minutes, the maximum height is 320 m, the maximum number of passengers is 25, the capacity of the ropeway is 200 passengers per hour.
The ancient cuisine of the South Caucasus
Armenians use a lot of spices, herbs, wild flowers, which give the dishes their true flavor. Spas, creamy soup made from fermented Armenian yogurt, Armenian kufta (meatballs) or Dolma (masters of grapes stuffed with minced meat) – all worth a taste.
White Armenian cheese և basturma (dried meat with spices), which you can wrap with lavash, Armenian national bread, serve as a perfect snack. The best choice for sweets is Armenian gata, which is a widespread dessert.
Apricot is the national fruit of Armenia. Apricot seeds have been found in the oldest archeological sites. Early botanical names for apricots are Prunus armeniaca և Mala armeniaca.
The pomegranate is the Armenian symbol of life. Tradition has it that a mature pomegranate has 365 seeds, one for each day of the year. The pomegranate appears in works of art, carpets and decorations.