Of course, everyone knows that the Kardashians come from Armenian ancestry, but what do you really know about the country of Armenia? We’ve gathered some useful information and tourist spots in the incredible country. Even though Armenia is about the same size as Maryland, it’s full of beauty and rich history. After reading this, you’ll probably want to book your trip!
First, we have to speak about their painful history. In Armenia, they still feel the wounds from the 1915 Armenian Genocide. If you ever visit, be sure to go to the memorial and Genocide museum in Yerevan. The memorial and museum overlook the entire city, as well as a breathtaking view of Mt Ararat. Even today Turkey still claims this genocide never happened, but 28 countries like France, Britain and Russia all officially recognize it as genocide.
By the way, Yerevan is the capital and if you visit the country, you’re definitely going to want to spend some time there. Known as the “pink city,” the entire city is filled with volcanic rock colored buildings that emanate pink. Seriously, this city needs to be on your bucket list! For the best aerial view, head to the top of the Yerevan Cascade.
Attention all wine drinkers, Armenia is one of the world’s oldest wine producing countries! Due to their fertile valleys beneath Mt Ararat, Armenia is a natural home to amazing wineries. Back in 2011, archaeologists discovered what they believe is the single oldest winery on the planet. They found it within a cave close to a village called Areni. So, we don’t need to tell you, but obviously Armenia still has incredible wine to this day!
Hey, if you want some hard liquor though, Armenia is known for their cognac, which is actually brandy. Anyway, give it a try because it was even a favorite drink of Winston Churchill!
So we mentioned Mount Ararat earlier, but we need to just explain its significance to the country. First, you should know it’s the national symbol. Also, religious legend has it that Noah’s ark landed on its peak, however, no one ever recovered an ark despite countless expeditions. Regardless, the ark is still part of Armenia’s coat of arms. As of now, the mountain is within Turkey’s territory. Besides the gorgeous mountain, you should know that Armenia’s Lake Sevan is also breathtaking. It’s the deepest and largest lake in the entire North Caucasus. If you visit the Sevanavank monastic complex, you’ll have a perfect view of the lake.
Home To First Church Built In The World
Armenians claim that their country was the first to adopt Christianity. Unsurprisingly, there are tons of ancient churches to visit there. The oldest church, aka the first ever church, is located in the country. So, Holy Etchmiadzin is a site you do not want to miss. It dates all the way back to early in the fourth century! In fact, it’s become one of the world’s most visited pilgrimage sites.
You may have heard of Armenia lavash bread. From water, salt and flour, Armenians are the original creators of this chewy, flatbread which now has become popular across Turkey and the Middle East. Anyway, they make it in something called a tonir. A tonir is a special underground Earth oven, and the bread can be stored for more than a year. Thus, locals make the bread in bulk and eat it for months. Welcome to heaven bread-lovers…Armenians must have bread with every meal! Oh, and lavash is Unesco-listed as “Intangible Cultural Heritage.”
So what are you waiting for? Book your ticket!