Armenia is a small mountainous landlocked country nestled between Georgia and Azerbaijan, famous for its rich history, beautiful orthodox churches and kind welcoming people.
The country was the first state to adopt Christianity in the 1st century and was once the centre of the ancient civilization of Urartu. Over the last 2000 years, Armenia was both an independent kingdom and was also occupied and ruled by the Sasanians, Byzantines, Ottomans, Persians and was part of the Soviet Union until it declared independence in 1991.
Due to the countries rich and diverse history, there are many different cultural fusions and traditions that make Armenia the unique and fascinating country that it is today.
The capital city of Yerevan offers bountiful activities for tourists to do including visiting Republic Square which features musical fountains, the National Gallery, The History Museum and Government House, to the Cascades- a giant limestone stairway- featuring modernist sculptures, fountains and impressive views of Mount Ararat.
The Mother Armenia Statue which sits on a hill overlooking the city is well-worth a visit and the statue is said to be the embodiment of the spirit and strength of Armenia personified through a female figure. The Matenadaran museum, which houses ancient manuscripts is also an interesting place to explore as is the Erebuni Museum which features archaeological artefacts from Yerevan’s history.
You can take day trips from Yerevan with Get Your Guide, to explore Lake Sevan, visit Tsaghkadzor ski resort, explore some of the regions most breath-taking monasteries and visit Dilijan which is famous for its stunningly clear lake and mountainous landscape.
On a more poignant note, you can visit Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide monument in Yerevan which is dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turkish government in 1915, an event that Turkey still denies involvement in even to this day.
For dining out you can visit Vostan by Tsirani restaurant, one of the city’s most beautiful restaurants that is situated in a tranquil garden surrounded by fountains and trees. The food is exceptional and everything is made fresh- even the tomato ketchup is homemade.
Whenever you visit a country its always great to sample traditional cuisine and for a truly authentic experience you can dine at the Tavern Yerevan which resembles a medieval castle and dungeon and you will be served by waiters and waitresses dressed in traditional costumes.
If you are looking for somewhere special to stay then look no further than the newly-opened The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The hotel is located close to Republic Square and boasts incredible suites, four dining options and a beautiful swimming pool and fitness center.
If you are planning an upcoming holiday and want to go somewhere truly unique to a place with few tourists, friendly locals, exceptional cuisine and stunning natural beauty- then Armenia is truly the place for you.