Landlocked in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia is where is Armenia. Bordering the Western end of Asia, Armenia shares a border with Turkey in the west, Georgia in the north and Azerbaijan on its east. Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan hem its southern demarcation. Located along the route of the Great Silk Road, Armenia has a history that is richer and longer than most European countries, and has fallen under influences of a multitude of cultures and empires contributing to its historical background.
So, once in the country’s capital, be on the lookout for interesting places to visit in Armenia. Check out Geghard Monastery named after the holy lance that pierced Christ’s side at the crucifixion. It was founded in 4th century and its most ancient chapel dates back to the 12th century and features intriguing carvings that will draw you into its innermost chambers.
With a history that is also laced with tragedy, the story of the Armenian people is narrated by the collectibles in the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum. The narrative of the terrible mass murder of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire is told through newspapers, photographs and documents.
One of the many spellbinding places to visit in Armenia that will take you back in time is the Garni Temple. It was built by the Armenian King Trdat I in the first century that features monumental columns and a giant staircase. Try the city’s best coffee in Gemini, a posh café that keeps customers alive and kicking, with their regular cup of java. Enter the city’s house of cultural attractions as you visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Featuring two external garden galleries and five exhibition halls, this is a modern art space conceived by the Russian architect Alexander Tamanyan. A gift shop on the ground floor is one of the best places to collect souvenirs.
Snuggling the south of the great mountain range of Caucasus is where is Armenia, a country of Transcaucasia. Armenia is one of those places with a mystical charm that lures travelers to sail across the ocean to explore its treasures and riches. It holds a great charm for curious tourists who want to travel the world, not to just learn the ways of the people but to also know about the lives of the people of the past. Armenia, the land that has seen civilizations rise and fall on its soil, is full of untold stories and writings on the walls for those who are willing to listen and decipher them.
The cathedral and churches of Echmiatsin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots (together comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site) graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region.