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What to do whilst in Armenia

Updated on February 27, 2012

Armenia is a small but culturally and historically rich country in Western Asia next to Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Azerbaijan. In Armenia you can find many fascinating things like: the World's largest chocolate bar; Churches dating back to 5th century and stunning landscapes that are simply just unforgettable. Although the Republic of Armenia has only existed for 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, its roots date back to 2493 BC which is why it boasts such a rich and interesting history.

Tatev Monastery

What to do there.

Whilst you are in Armenia you will be spoilt for choice as there will be an endless list of places to visit and things to do which is why I have gathered a small list of the very best attractions although there are many more.

  • Firstly, visit the Republic Square at night to experience a warm atmosphere and to watch the beautiful dancing water fountains.
  • Visit the Mother Armenia (Mayr Hayastan) Statue, where you can enjoy admirable views and afterwards you can enjoy yourself in the Soviet Park or just relax in a cafĂ©.
  • Spend an afternoon in the Vernissage Market where you will spend hour searching for the perfect hand made souvenir out of the endless choice.
  • Spend a couple of nights at Lake Sevan which is one of the World's largest fresh water lakes. Once there you will be able to taste the fresh air and at the same time let your ears and eyes have a rest after days of airports and busy streets.
  • Visit Erebuni Town Fortress, the oldest site in the capital Yerevan from which the city took its name from.
  • Spend a few hours in the Armenian Genocide Museum and the Tsiternakabert memorial which is dedicated to the 1.5 Million Armenians who were killed in 1915 by the Ottoman Turks.
  • If you have time then you must dedicate one full day to visit the Tatev Monastery which is located in Southern Armenia. Although the journey there will take several hours there will be plenty of small distractions on the way. Once there you will be able to take the World's longest aerial tramway up to the Monastery. The Monastery itself dates back to the 8th century.
  • Spend an evening in 'Our Village', a small restaurant located in the centre of Yerevan. Here you can taste some fine Armenian dishes in a traditional style at an affordable price.
  • Visit Jermuk Town, a small town in the province of Vayots Dzor. The town is famously know for its hot springs, natural waterfalls and the distinct brand of mineral water that is sold Worldwide.
  • And lastly, you should definitely visit the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site which was built in the late 5th century. Next to the Cathedral is a museum dedicated to the Cathedral and other important Armenian Churches.

This short list should is just a small snapshot of the things to do in Armenia but even if you visit half of those places, you will still have a great holiday there.


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Some Basic Facts and Information

Armenia

Capital: Yerevan

Population: 3,250,000 (2011)

Area: 29,743 sq km

Climate: Hot Summers, cold Winters

Government type: Republic

Currency: Dram $1= 375

Time Zone: GMT+4

Religion: Armenian Apostolic (Did you know Armenia became the first Christian Nation?)


An Armenian Khachkar with Lake Sevan in the background

Map of Armenia

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    • MargaritaEden profile image

      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      looks like a very interesting place to visit, thank you for the great hub.