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Travel highlights in Armenia, that will amaze you.

Travel highlights in Armenia are plentiful, and Armenia is still close to virgin travel territory, so if you are into adventure travel, hunting, fishing, good wine and food, amazing architecture and history (Oldest wine producing country in the world and oldest Christian country), tall snow capped mountains and more, you will likely find Armenia your kind of place. You also need to show a bit of precaution and avoid a few areas of local conflicts with “neighbors”, the price of living cushioned by big countries and interests.

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan and yellow boat

Lake Sevan, a must see travel highlight in Armenia

A beautiful lake covering 1/6 of the country, altitude 1900 meter,  meaning a cooler climate during the hot summers, so the local people go there for weekends and vacation.  You can swim in the clear water, go boating, eat excellent barbecued fish etc.  You can also live in a nice hotel super close to the lake or rent a hut or summerhouse. It is only one hour from the capital Yerevan by bus, but rent a car, when in Armenia, is our recommendation. The infrastructure is fine in this area of Armenia.  Lake Sevan is an extremely important source of water, fishing and electricity production. After years of lowering the water in the lake due to electricity production, it is a reversed process with a richer ecosystem in the huge lake and a higher water level. A must visit, while in Armenia.

The 9th century Armenian monastery of Sevanavank at lake Sevan

 

The Sevanavank Monestery on the very brink of  Lake Sevan

In the northwest part of Sevan Lake, on a rocky peninsula, we find one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank Monastery. Remember that Armenia is the first Christian country in the world, so the cultural heritage from the early period if Christianity is very interesting regardless of creed.

In ancient times, the peninsula was a real island. It was separated from the shore by 3 km of transparent water full of fish, which were caught by the monastery. The monks first arrived there at the end of the 8th century, and they built a small chapel and few cells. The island position was so convenient that the growing monastic brotherhood started to build a monastery there. First, they cut a ledge in the rock and laid big stone blocks on it. Very soon the wall gained a watchtower, and little gate surrounded the island. Later three churches, cells, and other structures were constructed.

Monastery of Geghard is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in Kotayk Province of Armenia

Monastery of Geghard is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in Kotayk Province of Armenia

Monastery Geghard

Monastery Geghard (5-13th cc) bought by princes Proshyan. The monastery consists of three churches, a huge mausoleum carved into the mountain.

Travel highlights in Armenia. Ruins of the Zvartnos temple in Yerevan, Armenia

Travel highlights in Armenia. Ruins of the Zvartnos temple in Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Travel highlights in Armenia

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.

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