Are you planning on heading to the Caucasus’ and literally have no idea what things to do in Yerevan and Armenia? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Armenia is often overshadowed by its bigger neighbour Georgia, and gets only a quarter of the tourist numbers, but there’s plenty to do in this culturally rich and historic county!
In light of this I want to give you a guide on the best things to do in Yerevan and Armenia from my recent trip there, but first…An overview of Armenia, and its capital Yerevan, to get you started!
Things to Do in Yerevan and Armenia – More than just the Kardashians
Armenia, it’s one of those countries you hear about but probably couldn’t point to on a map!
Seriously, have a look… You’ll find a inconspicuous little dot landlocked and tucked in tight between Turkey, Iran and it’s smaller neighbours of Georgia and Azerbaijan. But for a little country this place really packs a punch. Armenia has over 4,000 years of history dating back to pre-Roman times, however, much of its attractions date from the centuries after the death of Christ. Armenia has the world’s oldest Cathedral, was the first nation to convert to Christianity, has the world’s oldest shoe and figured out the earth was round in 2000 BC by observing other planets.
And 4,000 years later …We get a Giant blue kiwi sculpture Not sure if that is progress or not!
There’s a joke here in Armenia that every important discovery and invention can be traced to an Armenian and honestly, I could almost believe it. Sadly it’s more recent history is not as grand – partitioned between the great states of Russia and the Ottoman Empire (later Turkey), the Armenia Genocide, Sovietization and most recently, an on-going border tension / war with Azerbaijan… Being resource poor, landlocked and fighting with two of its neighbours you would assume there is not much to see here (as I did) but you’d be wrong. Visit today and you will find a country trying to regain it’s place in the world, embracing democracy and striving to move beyond from its traumatic past. Beautiful architecture, highlands, lakes, great food and great public spaces await you. People here are genuinely excited by the opportunity to host tourists and show them their land. If you want Europe without the tourists and hassle I can whole heartedly recommend a trip to Armenia!! And with that said… Lets move on and see what things there are to do in Yerevan and Armenia!
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Things to Do in Yerevan City
The Singing Fountains
Cafesijian Centre for the Arts
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Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
Mother Armenia statue
The Armenian National Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre
Museum of History of Armenia
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Things to Do in Yerevan’s Surrounding Area
Saint Hripsime Church
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