occupies a territory of 30,000 square kilometers. The average altitude of
the territory is 1,800 meters above sea level, the highest peak has an
altitude of 4,090 meters and the lowest point is the Debed canyon with an
altitude of 380 meters.
Part of the chain of mountains situated within the Alps-Himalayas mountain
system, the Armenian Plateau contains an endless chain of mountains, lakes
hidden in the heights, mountain torrents and waterfalls, valleys, forests
and isolated highlands. Among all these, Lake Sevan unveils itself with
constantly changing colors - harmoniously matching or contrasting itself to
the sky. It is almost sinful to visit Armenia and not see Lake Sevan. Sevan
is a lake of mysteries, located at an altitude of 1,900 meters above sea
level, and reaching a maximum depth is 99 meters. Twenty eight rivers merge
into Sevan while only one - Hrazdan - flows out.
Armenia is beautiful in summer and winter when the mountains and valleys are
covered with snow. In Tsakhkadzor you can journey to the top of Mount
Teghenis, contemplate the magnificence of the highland, have a cup of
oriental coffee prepared on hot sand and ski down the mountains. The Shirak
valley can also offer you winter sport opportunities. In valleys and
particularly on the shore of Sevan or on the banks of Araks you can watch
the transmigration of birds in spring and fall, and enjoy the singing of
flamingos and storks.
Watching over revered Mt Ararat, Armenia spans
rocky highlands while also boasting lush forests and serene, turquoise LakeSevan.
There are remote regions and monasteries to explore (Vayots
Dzor & Syunik, for example), but highlights are as likely to beYerevan’s
buzzing arts scene, the Mediterranean mind-set and café culture, or a
spontaneous shared meal – and tipple – with locals.
Much of the
current tourist traffic comprises diaspora Armenians seeking a slice of
their homeland. Their high standards enticed some international hotel chains
and caused overdevelopment in places likeSevan.
Yet it’s still easy to escape to hidden gems, including stalactite-filled
caves and summer villages inhabited by Yezidi Kurds and Armenian shepherds.
Canyonis rich with
history and culture, and
a fascinating time-warp town that warrants a few days' exploration. As most
travellers whiz through on a brief side trip between other places, serious
explorers will have the best sights to themselves.
country's ancient monasteries, candle-lit churches and high-walled forts are
obvious highlights, your fondest memories of Armenia will most likely lie
with the locals themselves. You’ll easily find friends among these gracious,
humble and easygoing people, even without a common language. Ties are best
forged around a dinner table, where endless rounds of toasting accompany a
meal bursting with fresh vegetables and grilled meats.
Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus and is
the smallest of the former Soviet republics. It is bounded by Georgia on the
north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, and Turkey on the west.
Contemporary Armenia is a fraction of the size of ancient Armenia. A land of
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Armenia has a distinctly continental climate with dry and sunny summers,
which lasts from June to September, when temperatures range between 22°C and
36°C. Winters are cold and snowy with average temperatures ranging between
-5°C and -10°C, spring is of short duration,....... Read More
Armenia's culture is unique in many ways. First, it is so much bigger than
the nation itself that it overwhelms and dominates all other features of the
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One of the world's oldest
civilizations, Armenia once included Mount Ararat, which biblical tradition
identifies as the mountain that Noah's ark rested on after the flood. It was
the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its
religion (c.A.D.300)........ Read More