10 Reasons to Visit Armenia. Tourism in Armenia has been an important sector in the Armenian economy since the number of tourists who visit the country every year since the 1990s has exceeded half a million. The Armenian Ministry of Economy reports that most of the tourists come from Russia, the EU countries, the USA and Iran. Despite being relatively small, Armenia has four UNESCO world heritage sites.
Here are 10 reasons to visit Armenia.
1. Mount Ararat
The place of Mount Ararat in Armenian culture is far more ancient. In the Book of Genesis, it is said that the ship of Noah was lying on the mountains of Agri, and the mountain of Ararat had a sacred feature. A piece is exhibited at Noah’s Ark at the Echmiadzin Museum in Ararat Plain. Ararat, which is at the center of Armenian history, is a place where many Armenian capitals and a series of fateful wars have been waged here. Watching this view of the mountain is priceless.
“There is very little that our history has been lost in. Our traditional melodies and carpets.” says Armenian rug expert Hratch Kozibeyokian. Furthermore, if you want to buy carpets Armenia is the right choice. At the same time, the oldest state of the world is an Armenian statue found in a museum in Vienna.
3. Tatev Monastery
The Tatev Monastery is located in the Syunik province of Armenia, near the village of Tatev. Moreover, the monastery was founded in the fourth century. Furthermore, in 2010, the longest cable car in the world was built on a 5.7 kilometer long road leading to the Tatev Church in 2010 to develop tourism in Armenia.
4. Landscape Variety
You will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes in this small, ancient country with over 5000 years of history. Furthermore, from half deserts to alpine meadows, snow-capped hills and white sandy beaches of Lake Sevan, to the lush forests of Dilijan or to the giant red rocks of Noravank Canyon.
5. World’s Oldest Cuisine
The Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest in Europe and one of the oldest in the South Caucasus. Moreover, the food here is very varied and tasty thanks to a wide range of spices, herbs and wild flowers. There are many traditional restaurants in Armenia, especially in Yerevan, which offer a wide variety of local dishes.
6. World’s Most Delicious Water
The water in Armenia is considered to be the safest and tastiest of the world. Furthermore, the secret comes from pure natural sources. Another characteristic of Yerevan is that you can find small fountains with drinking water in almost every corner.
7. Outdoor Sports
Due to the mountainous terrain and favorable climate, Armenia is a great place for extreme sports. Moreover, in recent years, it has become especially popular for paragliding. In the summer months, you can enjoy widespread trekking and walks. The country has perfect conditions for skiers and snowboarders in winter.
8. Lake Sevan
If you like mountain heights and clean air but you can not find beaches in such places, you should visit Sevan. Furthermore, the lake is 54 km from Yerevan and the temperature of the beautiful blue and transparent waters of the lake rises to 24 degrees in summer.
9. Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries
These two Byzantine monasteries were important learning centers during the period of prosperity during the period of the Kiurikian dynasty (10th – 13th centuries) in the Tumanian region. Moreover, Sanahin was famous for the school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monasteries were built using traditional local blending of the Byzantine church architecture and the Caucasus region. Two monasteries were taken to the World Heritage List in 1996.
10. Zvartnots Cathedral
It is an Armenian cathedral built between 43 and 652 by the Catholic Nerses III the Builder. Furthermore, the ruined monastery is located near Vagharshapat city in Armavir Administrative Region of Armenia. In 2000 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.