Top 10 things to do in Armenia

Armenia

An ancient civilization amongts the mountain landscapes. Home to world heritage sites, old monasteries and a laid back, friendly culture.

Armenia is a country.

Armenia (i/ɑrˈmiːniə/, /ɑrˈmiːnjə/ Armenian: Հայաստան Hayastan), officially the Republic of Armenia (Armenian: Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն, Hayastani Hanrapetut’yun), is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in the north of Western Asia, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.

Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. The Satrapy of Armenia was established in the 6th century BC, after the fall of Urartu. In the first century BC the Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great. Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion, in between late 3rd to early years of the 4th century (the official date is 301 AD), becoming the first Christian nation." An Armenian principality and later a kingdom, known as Cilician Armenia, existed on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the 11th and 14th centuries.

Between the 16th and early 19th century, the traditional Armenian homeland composed of Eastern Armenia and Western Armenia came under rule of the rivaling Ottoman and Persian Empires, often being passed between the former and the latter during the course of centuries, with all its native peoples inside it. By the mid 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by Russia over Persia, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland still remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, the Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. After almost 600 years of statelessness, Armenia was able to become independent in 1918; however, the First Republic of Armenia, surrounded by hostile countries, was Sovietized in 1920. Between 1922 and 1991, Armenia was part of the Soviet Union. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991.

The Republic of Armenia recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world's oldest national church, as the country's primary religious establishment. Armenians have their own unique alphabet, which was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.

Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which was proclaimed in 1991.

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Top 10 things to do in Armenia

Kapan

Kapan
Kapan , formerly known as Ghapan, is a city at the southeast of Armenia and the capital of the Syunik Province. It is located 316 kilometres south of the capital ...

Areni

Areni
Areni is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. It is best known for its wine production, although the majority of wine produced locally is from the nearby ...

Gyumri

Gyumri
Gyumri , is the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. It is around 126 km north of ...

Yerevan

Yerevan
Yerevan , is the capital and largest city of Armenia, and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and ...

Jermuk

Jermuk
Jermuk is a mountain spa town in the southern Armenian province of Vayots Dzor Province, 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was a popular destination during the Soviet ...

Dilijan

Dilijan
Dilijan is a spa town in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of ...

Sevan, Armenia

Sevan, Armenia
Sevan , is a town and a popular resort in Armenia, located in the Gegharkunik Province, lying on the northwestern shores of the Lake Sevan. It was built at a ...

Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor
Tsaghkadzor , is a spa town and a popular health resort in Armenia, located north of the capital Yerevan in the Kotayk Province . According to the 2011 official estimate, ...

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world.Lake Sevan is situated in the central ...

Goris

Goris
Goris is a town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. Located in the valley of river Goris , it is 254 km away from the Armenian capital Yerevan and 67 km ...

Vanadzor

Vanadzor
Vanadzor is the third-largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Lori Province in the northern part of the country. It is located around 128 kilometres north of ...

Alaverdi

Alaverdi
Alaverdi is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, not far from the border with Georgia. With an approximate population of 16,500 inhabitants , Alaverdi ...

Matenadaran

Matenadaran
The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts , commonly referred to as the Matenadaran , is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum in Yerevan, Armenia. It holds ...

Ijevan

Ijevan
Ijevan is a city in Armenia and the administrative centre of Tavush Province. It is located in the northern part of the region, on the foot of Ijevan ridge ...

Blue Mosque, Yerevan

Blue Mosque, Yerevan
The Blue Mosque , is a mosque in Yerevan, Armenia. During the Soviet era, because of atheist policy, the Mosque stopped its services and became the Museum of Yerevan. After ...

Tatev

Tatev
The Tatev monastery is a 9th-century monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The term "Tatev" usually refers to the ...

Lovers' Park

Lovers' Park
Lovers' Park is a public park in Yerevan, Armenia, located on Baghramyan Avenue. It occupies an area of 2.5 hectares in the central Kentron district of the city. The park ...

Ashtarak

Ashtarak
Ashtarak is a town in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge, northwest of the capital Yerevan. It is the administrative ...

Republic Square, Yerevan

Republic Square, Yerevan
The Republic Square is the large central town square in Yerevan, Armenia. It is intersected by the streets of Abovyan, Nalbandyan, Tigran Mets Avenue, Vazgen Sargsyan and Amiryan.

Abovyan

Abovyan
Abovyan or Abovian is a town in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. It is located 16 kilometres northeast of Yerevan and 32 kilometres southeast of the province centre Hrazdan. In ...

Victory Park

Victory Park
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Etchmiadzin Cathedral

Etchmiadzin Cathedral
Etchmiadzin, Echmiadzin, Ejmiatsin lead to this page. For other uses, see Etchmiadzin Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, located in the city of Vagharshapat, Armenia. ...

Mount Aragats

Mount Aragats
Mount Aragats is a large andesitic-to-daciticstratovolcano in northwest Armenia about 40 km northwest of the capital city of Yerevan. It is the highest point in Armenia, located in the province of ...

Artashat, Armenia

Artashat, Armenia
Artashat , is a town and the capital of Ararat Province of Armenia. It is on the Araks River in the Ararat plain, 30 km southeast of Yerevan. It was founded ...

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, Yerevan

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, Yerevan
Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral is the largest Armenian church in the world, located in the Kentron District of Yerevan, Armenia. It is adjacent to the General Andranik metro station. ...

Armavir Province

Armavir Province
Armavir is a province of Armenia with the capital in Armavir. It is in the west of the country, located in the Ararat valley, between Mount Ararat and Mount Aragats, ...

National Gallery of Armenia

National Gallery of Armenia
The National Gallery of Armenia is the largest art museum in the Republic of Armenia. Located on Yerevan's Republic Square, the museum has one of the most prominent locations in ...

History Museum of Armenia

History Museum of Armenia
The History Museum of Armenia is a museum in Armenia that specializes in the fields of Archaeology, Numismatics and Ethnography. It is regarded as Armenia's national museum and is located ...

Haghpat

Haghpat
Haghpat is a village in the Lori Province of Armenia, located near the city of Alaverdi and the state border with Georgia.It is notable for Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex ...

Yerevan Brandy Company

Yerevan Brandy Company
Yerevan Brandy Company is the leading enterprise of Armenia for the production of alcoholic beverages. Its main brand name is Ararat. Currently the company boasts a large following, particularly in ...

Dalma Garden Mall

Dalma Garden Mall
Dalma Garden Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located near the Tsitsernakaberd hill in the Armenian capital Yerevan. It is the first mall opened in Armenia. The project was announced ...

Gosh, Armenia

Gosh, Armenia
Gosh is a village located in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It is named after Mkhitar Gosh who took part in the re-building of the older monastery of Nor Ghetik ...

Katoghike Church, Yerevan

Katoghike Church, Yerevan
The Holy Mother of God Kathoghike Church is a small medieval church in central Yerevan, the Armenian capital.HistoryThe surviving church dates back to the 13th century. After ...

Hrazdan

Hrazdan
Hrazdan is the capital and largest city of the Kotayk Province of Armenia located 45 kilometres northeast of the capital Yerevan. The name Hrazdan is derived from the Middle-Persian name ...

Opera House

Opera House
An opera house is a theatre building used for opera performances that consists of a stage, an orchestra pit, audience seating, and backstage facilities for costumes and set building. While ...

Khosrov State Reserve

Khosrov State Reserve
Khosrov State Reserve is a national park in Armenia.Background informationKhosrov State Reserve is also known as the Khosrov Forest, the Khosrov Reserve and the Khosrov Forest State ...

Cafesjian Museum of Art

Cafesjian Museum of Art
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts , also known as the Cafesjian Museum Foundation is an art museum in Yerevan, Armenia. It is situated in central Yerevan in the area ...

Geghard

Geghard
For the town, see Geghard, Armenia.Geghard is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed ...

Yerevan Zoo

Yerevan Zoo
The Yerevan Zoo, also known as the Zoological Garden of Yerevan , is a 35-hectare zoo established in 1940 in Yerevan, Armenia.AnimalsAt present the zoo is home ...

Dilijan National Park

Dilijan National Park
Dilijan National Park, occupying 24,000 ha, is located in the North-Eastern part of the Republic of Armenia, in Tavush province . Dilijan National Park is well known for its forest ...

House-Museum of Aram Khachaturian

House-Museum of Aram Khachaturian
The Aram Khachaturian House-Museum opened in Yerevan, Armenia in 1982 and is devoted to the exhibition of the Armenian composer’s personal artifacts, as well as to the research and study ...

Sardarapat, Armenia

Sardarapat, Armenia
Sardarapat , is a major village in the Armavir province of Armenia. The settlement was originally known as Sardarapat until 1935 when it was renamed Hoktember . In 1967, the ...

Erebuni Museum

Erebuni Museum
Erebuni Museum was established in 1968. The opening of the museum was timed to coincide with the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan. The Museum stands at the foot of the Arin ...

Masis, Armenia

Masis, Armenia
Masis is a town in the Ararat Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of the Hrazdan River, 9 km southwest of Yerevan towards the Mount Ararat. The city ...

Yerevan History Museum

Yerevan History Museum
The Yerevan History Museum is the history museum of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. The museum was founded in 1931 as the Communal Museum. Currently, the museum It is ...

Charentsavan

Charentsavan
Charentsavan is a town located in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The city was founded in 1947 as Lusavan, and renamed in 1967 after the poet Yeghishe Charents. According to ...

Goght

Goght
Goght is a village in the Kotayk Province of Armenia, located on the right bank of Azat River. It is known from 13th-century manuscripts as Goghot. It is located near ...

Hovhannavank

Hovhannavank
Hovhannavank is an medieval monastery located in the village of Ohanavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The monastery stands on the edge of the Kasagh River canyon, and its ...

Byurakan

Byurakan
Byurakan is a village in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia on the slope of Mount Aragats. The village contains the basilica of Saint Hovhannes of the 10th century and Artavazik ...

Lusarat

Lusarat
Lusarat is a village in the Ararat Province of Armenia. It is situated adjacent to the Turkish-Armenian border and Khor Virap Monastery. In the village is a statue of an ...

Harich, Armenia

Harich, Armenia
Harich is a village in the Shirak Province of Armenia. Within the village is the Harichavank Monastery of the 8th century. Across the gorge from the monastery is a 3rd ...

Akhtala

Akhtala
Akhtala is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of Debed river, on the slopes of Lalvar mountain, at a distance of 186 km north ...

Aragatsotn Province

Aragatsotn Province
Aragatsotn , is a province of Armenia. It is located at the western part of the country. The capital and largest city of the province is the town of Ashtarak.

Hayravank Monastery

Hayravank Monastery
Hayravank is a 9th-12th century Armenian monastery located just northeast of the village of Hayravank along the southwest shores of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The monastic ...

Kentron District

Kentron District
Kentron is one of the 12 districts of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. It comprises the downtown, the commercial centre of the city. As of the 2011 estimate, the district ...

Sevan

Sevan
Sevan may refer to:Lake Sevan, the largest lake in ArmeniaSevan, Armenia, a city located near Lake Sevan in ArmeniaSevan, Iran, a village in East Azerbaijan Province, IranIt also appears in:Sevan ...

Stepanavan & Around

Stepanavan & Around
Stepanavan , is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia. It is located 139 km north of the capital Yerevan and 24 km north of the provincial centre Vanadzor, in the ...

American University of Armenia

American University of Armenia
The American University of Armenia is a private, nonsectarian, independent university founded in 1991 in Yerevan, Armenia. Its creation inspired in the aftermath of the 1988 Armenian earthquake, the university ...

Sisian

Sisian
Sisian , is a town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. It is located on Vorotan River, 6 km south of the Yerevan-Meghri highway, at a distance of 217 km from ...

Water World

Water World
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Yeghegnadzor & Around

Yeghegnadzor & Around
Yeghegnadzor , is a town in Armenia and the capital of the Vayots Dzor Province. The name of the town means "the valley of canes" in the Armenian language. It ...

Museum of History

Museum of History
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