10 REASONS TO VISIT ARMENIA
Mount Ararat is associated with the "mountains of Ararat" in the Bible. It is the traditional resting place of Noah's Ark according to the Book of Genesis. Ararat is the principal national symbol of Armenia and is considered a "holy mountain" by Armenians.
2. First Officially Christian Country
Armenia is an early center of Christianity, and it was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the early 4th century (traditionally in 301 AD). Armenia has its own church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, which most Armenians follow.
3. To Stand on the Silk Road
The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The main traders during antiquity were the Chinese, Arab, Indians, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Armenians, Bengalis, and Bactrians.
4. If You Want to Drink History
If you are planning your first trip to Armenia this tour package is just for you! The itinerary gives you opportunity to discover the country: traditions, lots of interesting historic facts, visit the most important historic, cultural and religious centers, communicate with people, taste Armenian national dishes, even take part in backing process of Armenian national bread - lavash and making khorovats (Armenian BBQ), be participant of preparation process of Armenian national brendy (Cognac) and taste it. You will enjoy all the above mentioned within a week's stay.
5. World’s Oldest Shoe
The Areni-1 shoe is a 5,500-year-old leather shoe that was found in 2008 in excellent condition in the Areni-1 cave complex located in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. It is a one-piece leather-hide shoe that has been dated as a few hundred years older than the one found on Ötzi the Iceman, making it the oldest piece of leather footwear in the world known to contemporary researchers.
6. Taste the Apricots of Ararat Valley
Every year, the country bursts with trees loaded with the biggest, juiciest, and most flavorful apricots in the world.
Apricots are the fruit of Armenia. Even its scientific name, Prunus Armeniaca, or Armenian prunes, honors that fact. Recently, apricot cores excavated from the ancient Armenian village of Garni support the theory that Armenians have been cultivating apricots for over 3,000 years. Every single Armenian table is loaded with plates of the golden fruit. Armenians simply cannot spend the rest of the year without consuming apricots processed into other food and drinks. They make jams, dried apricots and apricot vodka.
7. Beautiful Ancient Rugs and Carpets
Traditionally, since ancient times the carpets were used in Armenia to cover floors, decorate interior walls, sofas, chairs, beds and tables. Up to present the carpets often serve as entrance veils, decoration for church altars and vestry. Starting to develop in Armenia as a part of everyday life, carpet weaving was a must in every Armenian family, with the Carpet making and rug making being almost women's occupation. Armenian carpets are unique "texts" composed of the ornaments where sacred symbols reflect the beliefs and religious notions of the ancient ancestors of the Armenians that reached us from the depth of centuries.
9.Ride The World’s Longest Aerial Tramway
Wings of Tatev is a 5.7 km cableway between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery in Armenia. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in only one section, and holds the record for Longest non-stop double track cable car. The link allows year-round access to Armenia's 9th-century Tatev monastery complex, one of the country's most important religious centres and a major tourist attraction.
10. To see UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are currently three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia: Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots and Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.
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