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Welcome to Armenia

     When you visit Armenia, take the occasion to stop and listen attentively to your inner rhythm. Attune it to the rhythm of the life pulsing through "the country of a found and a lost Eden". Set your pace to its pace - stroll through the bustling avenues of major cities, walk along the quaint streets of provincial towns. Relax on the sun-warmed steps of a hilltop chapel. Enjoy a leisurely conversation in a mountain hamlet - let the flow of the life of the country embrace you. Sharpen your senses and feel Armenia.

YEREVAN TO MARK ITS 2796th ANNIVERSARY OCTOBER 12

Armenia has a reputation for greeting its visitors with warmth and hospitality. Nowhere is this truer than in Yerevan, one of the most ancient cities in the world, celebrating its 2796-th anniversary in October 12, 2014. The capital of Armenia has all the advantages of a modern capital city and boasts numerous historical attractions, together with a friendly atmosphere, which makes visitors feel at home. The city itself is one of the main tourist attractions in Armenia.

Yerevan
Old wine press

6,000 YEARS OLD WINE PRESS FOUND IN ARMENIAN CAVE

Archeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility ever found, using biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage made about 6,000 years ago in what is now southern Armenia.
The excavation paints a picture of a complex society where mourners tasted a special vintage made at a cave side cemetery, the researchers reported on Tuesday in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
More by ArchaeologyNewsNetwork.blogspot.com

5,500-YEAR-OLD LEATHER SHOE IS OLDEST EVER DISCOVERED

An international team of archaeologists has discovered the world's oldest leather shoe. One thousand years older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the 5,500-year-old shoe was perfectly preserved by the cool, dry conditions in the sheep dung-lined cave in Armenia where it was found. More by ScientificAmerican.com

Oldest Leather Shoe
World's longest cable car line

WORLD's LONGEST CABLE CAR LINE IN ARMENIA

On 23 October 2010 Guinness World Records longest cableway in Armenia, the 5.7km (3.5 miles) engineering feat spans a spectacular Vorotan River Gorge to the country's ancient Tatev monastery. The link will allow year-round access to Armenia's ninth-century Tatev monastery complex, one of the country's most important religious centres and a major tourist attraction. The cable car travels at a speed of 37km (23 miles ) per hour and a one-way journey takes 11 minutes. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 metres (1,056 feet) above ground level. It has two cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers.

PRE-HISTORIC AND EARLY CHRISTIAN MONUMENTS

Through all the centuries, Armenia has managed to preserve a wealth of today's evidence of the evolution of humankind. There are innumerable historical monuments in Armenia. 40,000 are available for visiting and are waiting for an admiring traveller. Most of them are churches. However, only some 4,000 are readily accessible and commonly visited because of the difficulty of reaching the rest. Normally they are open round-the-clock without any admission charge.

Saghmosavank
Erebuni Fortress

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES & EXCAVATIONS

The density of archaeological sites is unbelievable The very capital Yerevan was founded in 782 BC as fortress Erebuni (Happy Site). Another Urartian citadel inside Yerevan - Karmir Blur was built on the ruins of early Bronze Age settlement. Universe maps of Metsamor (Neolithic settlement 3 - 4000 BC), forty-five centuries old observatory of Karahunj, capital of ancient times Armavir, caravan inns alongside Silk Road are just a few examples of what you can see during your tour. Keen traveller can visit dozens of active excavations starting from Paleolithic to Medieval periods.

CROSS-STONE - KHACHKAR

Cross-stone (khachkar) is virtually the most famous design of Medieval Armenian culture. Finally shaped during X-XI AD, they are the synthesis of traditional art, philosophical and spiritual apprehension. The idea and main symbols represented on accompanied Armenian tribes and people since their origin over three millennia earlier. The central subject "the radiant Light, the Cross of Christ" is endowed with incredible diversity of meanings - initially being the sign of sun and invigorating fire, it also included the shape of Tree of Life.

Kachkar
Hiking Tour

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Armenian highlands are a perfect place to practice mountain climbing, from beginner to expert. Thoroughly experienced instructors will guide you. Get acquainted with the tour alternatives available.

HIKING

Most beautiful landscapes a little off the beaten tracks provide an ideal setting for people seeking rest and recreation for both a beginner and the experienced. Many tour alternatives are available.

BIRDWATCHING

Up to the present over 340 bird species have been recorded in Armenia, of which about 240 species breed here. Many of European bird species are represented in Armenia by particular subspecies, while almost all of the Caucasian specialities are habitually encountered during a spring-summer Birdwatching trip.
Some of these most sought-after birds are Caspian Snowcock, Caucasian Grouse, Armenian Gull, Ride's Accentor, Persian Wheatear and Semi-collared Flycatcher.

Armenian Gull
Armenian Wine

WINE & BRANDY TASTING

Tours of the wineries and tasting of wine and cognac are very popular in Armenia. Excavation results prove, that first wine grape was cultivated on Armenian Highland thousands of years ago and today the descendants of ancient clans try to retain that heritage. Armenian winegrowers produce three main assortments:

  • Ordinary table wines
  • Branded wines made according to special recipes and maturated from 2 to 5 years
  • Special quality branded wines aged for no less than 3 years

Armenia produces an unchallenged quality brandy (cognac). Armenian cognacs of numerous special brands are aged in oak barrels for 3 to 50 years and are from 40 to 57% proof. The unique flavour and smooth quality of Armenian cognac and wine is something you must sample for yourself while you are in the country.

ARMENIAN CUISINE

Armenian cuisine is noted for its pleasing aroma, as a result of the expert mix of spices employed. Armenians use also many unusual herbs and greens in their cooking. The most exotic are collected at alpine meadows and combined in the most unexpected way. The taste will challenge even the most refined expert.
Many of Armenian specialities are barbecued. You can taste traditional shish-kebab almost everywhere. The standard bread of the country, called lavash, is renowned for its quality. It is only about the thickness of one or two sheets of newspaper and the best is like a parchment Armenians like to eat lavash with local cheese or shish-kebab and fresh uncooked greens, using it for wrapping the food as a sort of sandwich. Ask an Armenian how lavash is made or visit any village to see it yourself. You'll be surprised and impressed.

Armenian Lavash

European conventional bread and common European foods are also readily available. Restaurants, ranging from the luxury class to simple grills cater for all tastes.

Fruits

FRUITS

Armenia is famous for its fruits, some of which are recognised as superior to the same fruits cultivated in other countries at such latitudes.
Grapes of some 40 kinds grow on the territory of Armenia, mainly on the Ararat valley. Peaches and apples, pears and cherries, pomegranates and figs are delicious.
Apricot grows in Armenia from time immemorial. It has an incomparable taste and is considered the queen of Armenian fruits. You can taste it yourself.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND LOCAL FESTIVALS

There is a variety of events for any taste in Armenia: folk festivals, art exhibitions, chamber music, opera, modern and ballet dance, light music and jazz. Performances, by local artists, meet the most exacting standards. Permanent repertoires of theatres and orchestras are supplemented by a wide range of guest performances The theatrical fare of Yerevan is varied and interesting enough to please the most discriminating connoisseur. The bargain prices will amaze you. Churches and monasteries keep their customs and traditions alive and annual religious festivals and public feast days are celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm in a remarkable atmosphere.
Armenia is deservedly proud of its unique cultural heritage and is always glad to share it with you.

Entertainment

AN ECONOMICAL VACATION

How much would you pay for a world-class concert or opera? In Yerevan you would have one of the best seats in the house for about $3-15 USD.
In principal, the same relative cost applies to just about everything in the country. To see the third-rich collection of painting of the former USSR you have to pay $2-3 USD. How about a respectable bottle of wine for $5-10 USD? The diversity of wine and brandy sorts is simply astonishing. There are round-the-clock markets at any block of Yerevan. All homemade products - meat, grapes, fruit, cheese, etc. - are 100% natural because of simple absence of steroids and chemical fertilisers in Armenia.
This country is ideal for many kinds of shopping and you can find good values in antique and new hand made carpets, jewelry, souvenirs in various forms and other objects of popular art and traditional craft Prices are commonly about 25% lower than in Western Europe.
Shopping for souvenirs is especially gripping at Vernissage- a weekend Arts and crafts fair where local painters, artists, artisans and hand crafts people display and sell their wares. Also, in the same park, there is a gold market that runs Monday to Friday. Expect the prices to be 1/3 of what you would pay at home for artisan's products from jewellery to carvings to modern and antique rugs and everything in between. You can find some truly remarkable and skilled work at the Vernissage, and, with a bit of luck, items of exceptional value and rarity.
Silver, semiprecious stones, mainly obsidians, hand-made souvenirs, carvings, jewellery, paper crafts, embroidered fabric and wooden products will be a particularly good bargain, not only at the Vernissage but also at the regular stores. As a broad indication the following can be mentioned as the main shopping areas:
Republic Square - Abovian street
Matenadaran - Mashtots avenue
Opera House - Tumanian street
Marshal Bagramian Avenue - Kassian street - Komitas street
A stay in Armenia can be arranged to cater for any budget level.


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