Armenia is a treasury of antiquities. Great Armenian "magic casket" conceals rarities, a bizarre mythology and architectural masterpieces. Sincere hospitality, sincere generosity, cordiality and friendliness of locals make every visitor of this ancient Caucasian country absolutely happy. No wonder, the "cult of guests and children" reigns in Armenia.
The people, well-known for their warmth, live on stony ground. If you are going to visit Armenia, be prepared to solve numerous stone puzzles. Armenia is called a "land of stone" - picturesque mountain landscapes are dotted with monuments of medieval stone architecture.
Armenia has a great deal of medieval churches, monasteries, fortresses and castles. The most magnificent and beautiful of them is the sun temple of Garni, dome of the Church of Echmiadzin, Zvartnots temple and Geghard. Not far from the capital of the country, Yerevan, there is the most beautiful monastery Khor Virap, which was built in the seventeenth century. Staying at Khor Virap you can admire an impressive view of the biblical mountain Ararat.
The one and only symbol of the country is khachkar - unique architectural monument in the form of a stela with a cross. Khachkars are popular. The word "khachkar" is formed by two Armenian roots: "khach" – “cross” and "car" – “stone”. The skill of Armenian stone-cutters is a national asset of Armenia. The centuries-old traditions are still alive.
Armenia has the ancient traditions of carpet weaving. Since the beginning of time Armenians covered their tables, chests, seats and beds with original carpets. Also the carpets often were used as curtains for doorways and altars in temples. Do not miss the opportunity to look at the oldest nodular carpet and visit the shops, where local weavers create real masterpieces. And of course you have to try the famous Armenian cognacs. Definitely. The most famous ones are "Ararat", "Armenika", "Sayat Nova", "Noah".
Capital – Yerevan
Time zone MSK -1 (UTC + 4)
Zvartnots international airpot in Yerevan: http://zvartnots.am/
The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers, and usually with little rain.
Season - april, may, september, October
The recommended length of stay is 7days.Places must see:
- Sevan Lake
- Mount Aragats
- Lake Arpi
- Vanadzor city
- Shikahogh State Reserve
- Amberd Fortress
- Tsaghkadzor city
- Geghart Monastery
- Khor Virap