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.
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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