Armenia Things to Do

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Armenia Things to Do

  • Taste Wine at Areni Winery

    Areni Winery is a small winery an hour away from Yerevan. If you stop there you will get a guided tour. Wine tasting is free if you buy a bottle. There were 14 different brands to taste and you could drink as much you liked.The bottles cost 2000 dram each, which is a bit more than in the supermarket. Some older bottles were more expensive, but I...

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  • MONEY !

    The currency of Armenia is the Dram. The symbol called 'Luma' represents the Dram and looks like an upside-down telephone pole bending to the left. The denominations are:Banknotes: 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000, 100000Coins: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500If you think about 500 Drams being worth a Euro - this makes life a bit easier. Try and avoid...

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  • View over gorges

    From Stepanavan it is a nice walk of more then one hour to Lori Berd castle. This is an important place in history. You understand directly why they build the castle there, the area is beautifull.

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  • Joining daily tour to remote sites

    As some travellers say, backpackers or budget travellers do not join daily tours from travel agents. I agree fully, but in view of distance, accessibility and time constraints, we should balance the pros and cons, including freedom. I would say a wise traveller should be able to balance all factors, convenience, cash available in pocket, or more...

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  • Armenia genocide museum...

    Armenia genocide museum (Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex) commemorates the the Genocide took place between 1915-1921. Admission is free and remember to visit the memorial. A taxi ride from teh Yerevan city (e.g. Opera house) is about 700-800AMD. Return trip is double.I went there before I went to airport for flight to Kiev. I got a good deal for...

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  • lake sevan

    This huge mountain lake which takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area and is about 2,000 meters above sea level. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often a deep turquoise color. Maxim Gorky once said about the waters that they were like a piece of the sky that had descended to the earth among the mountains. The shores are white sand and most...

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  • vahanamank monastery

    5 km towards SW of Kapan, one of the medieval Armenian historical monument-complexes is situated at the foot of Tigranasar mountain rising on the right bank of Voghji River. According to lithographic sources Syunik's ruler Dzaghik's son Vahan built Vahanavank (Վահանավանք) in the beginning...

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  • tegher monastery

    The monastery is located on the southern reach of Mount Aragats, in the province of Ashtarak. Its church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a sober cupola'd hall, was built in the 13th century. A gavit, with two chapels erected on its roof, leans against the west flank of the church. [Paragraph Source: Monuments of Armenia] Continuing N. up the mountain...

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  • selim kawanserei

    In medieval Armenia many buildings were built along commercial routes for the accommodation of travelers. One of those, the caravanserai of Selim (Սելիմ), was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. This caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway...

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  • garni temple

    Garni is on the road to Geghard and both can be comfortably seen on the same day. Halfway to Garni however, take a few minutes to look at the Charents Arch. The arch itself is not what you stop for, but for the great view of Ararat which it frames on a clear day. Truly a Kodak moment. When you get to Garni, it will remind you of a somewhat plain...

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  • dilijan town remembering swiss landscape

    Dilijan (Arm: Դիլիջան) is a city in the Tavush region of Armenia. Called by locals the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia, it is a worthwhile place to see, and spend the night. The forested town has some great examples of traditional architecture of the region and is a brief trip to the beautiful monasteries...

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  • yermuk town

    Jermuk - Bridge over canyon into resort areaJermuk is a great place to spend as much time as you can spare to relax and get away from it all. There is one main north to south highway in Armenia, and Jermuk is easily found off of this main road. About 25 minutes off of the highway, it is a nice way to cut the drive from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery or...

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  • yermuk town

    Jermuk - Bridge over canyon into resort areaJermuk is a great place to spend as much time as you can spare to relax and get away from it all. There is one main north to south highway in Armenia, and Jermuk is easily found off of this main road. About 25 minutes off of the highway, it is a nice way to cut the drive from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery or...

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  • norawank monastery

    Noravank (Նորավանք, meaning new monastery) is a 13th century monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is...

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  • yerewan capital of armenia

    Yerevan ("Երևան" in Armenian; former names include Erivan and ancient name Erebuni; sometimes mistakenly written in Russian transliteration as Erevan) (population: 1,201,539 (1989 census); 1,088,300 (2004 estimate) is the largest city and capital of Armenia. It is situated along the Hrazdan River, which is not...

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  • hayrawank monastery

    Berdkunk (161 v, formerly Aghkala), was a transit point on the ancient Dvin-Partev road. On the E edge of the village is a cyclopean fortress called locally Ishkhanats Amrots. From the village 1 km W and 200 m SE of the left edge of the Sevan-Gavar road is a cyclopean fortress with megalithic tombs. Hayravank or Ayrivan 488 v; 22.4 km from the...

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  • Hot mineral baths...

    Whether you want to soak in the Soviet style bathtubs that dominate Jermuk and Arzni, the hot water rooms of Hankavan Village, or the swimming pools of Arzakan, you'll have plenty of hot mineral water options to keep you relaxed and healthy.Jermuk is the jewel in the crown of Armenia's hot springs, and the waters are bottled and sold everywhere you...

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  • Day trips

    Yerevan is a bit more tourist friendly in terms of traveling solo. There are more group tours to take rather than paying for individual trips like you do in Georgia. Most places are a day from from Yervan while a few take a couple of days. Lake Sevan is a great day trip and allows you to see some of the monasteries. You are surrounded by snwo...

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  • Erebuni Fortress, Yerevan

    On a hill in the south-western suburb Arin-berd in Yerevan is the Urartian fortress of Erebuni. It was discovered in the 1950s when a farmer found a stone tablet with writings on it and excavations begun.It must have been an impressive fortress with palace, storerooms, workshops, a place for animal sacrifices and splendid views. Some of the ruins...

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  • Zvartnots Cathedral

    Zvartnots Cathedral is situated along the Yerevan - Echmiadzin road, only 3 km from Echmiadzin. The church and the patriarchal palace are in ruins, but you can see that this church looked different from other churches in Armenia. It was a round church with a high dome, and it is supposed to have been the largest round church in the world when it...

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  • Akhtala Monastery

    If you have time after visiting Hagphat and Sanahin, you should check out Akhtala. Although we weren't able to go inside (the Lonely Planet guide said that the people who live near there have the key to unlock it, but we didn't see them), we enjoyed the area around it and the views of the river. A young boy did follow us around for awhile trying to...

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  • Sanahin Monastery

    This is another must-see monastery complex in northern Armenia. Not far from Hagphat, Sanahin is slightly older and laid out differently with a rectangular wall around the building itself. Inside we met a very old woman selling candles for saying prayers. The atmosphere is very tranquil and holy here - and very charming. Be sure to explore the...

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  • Hagphat Monastery

    This has UNESCO world heritage status and it deserves it. Though it was so foggy when we visited that we didn't get to enjoy the said to be spectacular views of Dedbed Canyon, it was a great experience to explore the nooks and crannies of the monastery itself. We had the place to ourselves and just hung around and soaked up the charming atmosphere....

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  • Sevan Monastery - Sevanavank

    Sevanavank is situated high up on Sevan Peninsula, 6 km from Sevan town. From a car park stairs are leading up to the churches. You will pass some khatchkars on your way up, and a tomb of a 20th century navy captain. The first church you will come to is the smaller Arakelots Church (Holy Apostles), which was not open when I visited. The second...

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  • Sevan town

    Sevan town is situated about 60 km from Yerevan, not just by the shores of the lake, but a couple of kilometres inland. Since Armenia got independent about a third of the population has left the town, which now has got a population of 10 000 people. The town doesn’t look very pretty. There are a lot of apartment blocks built in the pink coloured...

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  • Lake Sevan

    Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia, covering about 5% of the country’s area. Sevan is situated at 1900 metres above sea level and winters here are long and cold, but during the summer months lots of people come here for holiday to swim. I stayed by the beach at the busy Sevan Peninsula, but there are more quiet places. When I was in Dilijan...

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  • Goris

    Goris is a lovely town situated in a valley in south Armenia. In the town there are many traditional stone houses with balconies and arched windows. In one of the stone houses there is a museum over the writer Axel Bakountas. Unfortunately it was closed both times when I passed. Another site I didn’t get a closer look at was Old Goris where caves...

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  • Matanadaran fabulous Library

    After Vatican and Escorial libraries, Matenadaran is the one with the richer collection of old Illuminated manuscripts in the world, reaching nearly 17.000 exemplars plus about 300.000 archival documents comprising all areas of Armenian culture and science: medicine, geography, law, history, cosmology, alchemy, music, miniature painting, etc. It...

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  • Dzidzernagapert.. "Citadel of Swallows"

    This Armenian Monument, Dzidzernagapert, was constructed in 1965 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The monument is a towering grantie needle flanked by an eternal flame. Twelve imposing pylons, representing the twelve provinces where the Armenians were massacred, surround the memorial flame inside the fortress. The flame...

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  • Echmiadzin Church.

    Etchmiadzin - is situated 20km from Yerevan, in the very heart of the Ararat valley. It was founded 2,000 years ago by the Armenian king Vagarsh, who made this place his residence and gave it his name Vagarshapat. Etchmiadzin is rich in wonderful architectural monuments, among them the Hripsime Church (618~one of the finest examples of medieval...

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  • Keghart Monastery

    Here you will see one of the most unique ancient structures - the Keghart Monastery - a whole group of cave buildings consisting of a two-storey church, monastery cells and chapels, all carved out of the rock. Still higher can be seen the entrances to other caves.According to an old legend for a long time there was preserved here a spear ("Keghart"...

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  • Haghtanagi aykii

    whenever you are in Yerevan, you will notice this monument almost from everywhere cause its one of the highest places of the city, it calls "haghtanagi Ayki" ( the winnig park) there is a statue which called "Mayr Hayasdaan" (Mother Armenia) . and you will enjoy the best panoramic view of the city.. you can notice the important places from here all...

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  • Zvartnots, capitals of the collapsed...

    Not only the groundplan of the ruins of the Zvartnost Cathedral was impressive, but also the sculptured capitals with motifs of eagles, grapes, leaves and pomegranates.Walking around, you can find these impressive capitals, lying around in the land, sometimes almost negligent.

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  • Zvartnots, World Heritage Site

    Walking between the ruins of Zvartnots, you can hardly imagine that once an impressive three-tiered circular building stood here with a immense dome. Though ruined, Zvartnots is considered as the masterpiece of Armenian church architecture. Together with the cathedral and churches of Echmiadzin Zvartnots became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in...

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  • Zvartnots, church of St Gregory

    On our way back from Echmiadzin to Yerevan we visited the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral. This church, the Church of Guardian Angels, was built in the period from 641 to 661. Catholicos Nerses II sponsored the construction of this church.The church, supposed to be one of the most beautiful in the world, was destroyed by an earthquake in 903. The...

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  • Echmiadzin, the legend

    Echmiadzin is not only a very interesting place, it is also nice to sit or to walk around in its peaceful green surroundings and read or hear about its legend. This is the legend of Echmiadzin. King Trdates became mad, after he killed the Christian virgin Hripsime, who refused to marry him.The Christian prisoner Gregory cured the king. The king...

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  • Echmiadzin, cathedral belltower

    The belltower of the cathedral is added 100 years later, in 1658. The belltower is richly adorned in the "Armenian Oriental Style". This style is inspired by the Persian and European classical styles. The belltower has an eight-sided dome and abundantly carved arches and pediments. The octagon was a favourite form for domes. Eight (the first number...

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  • Echmiadzin, beautiful entrance of the...

    The entrance to the Echmiadzin Cathedral is amazingly beautiful by its very detailed ornamentation. For me it was the most striking part of the cathedral and Echmiadzin.If you enlarge the picture you can see the colourfully carved and painted details.

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  • Echmiadzin, UNESCO world heritage site

    We visited Echmiadzin in 1986. It's great to hear, that fourteen years later in 2000 the cathedral and churches of Echmiadzin became an UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the archaeological remains at Zvartnots, which we visited on our way back to Yerevan. Echmiadzin and Zvartnots came on the UNESCO list, because they ''graphically illustrate...

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  • Echmiadzin, holy centre of Armenia

    Echmiadzin, capital of Armenia from 180 AD to 340 AD, became the spiritual center of Armenia's Christians after King Trdates and his country converted to Christianity. In 303 AD St Gregory founded the cathedral In Echmiadzin and at that moment this place became holy. Many people visit the famous cathedral and the monastaries in the city of...

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  • Echmiadzin, main church

    The first monastery in Echmiadzin is built in the 5th century at the place which is told to St. Gregory the Illuminator by Christ in a dream. This first monastery has several buildings around the main church, the Ejmiatsin cathedral. In these buildings the theology students are studying . In the main church you can see manuscripts, jewelled...

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  • St. Hripsime Church

    St. Hripsime is said to be one of the nuns from Rome been sent to Armenia to convert the people. Hripsime is killed by King Trdates III after she refused to marry him to remain true to her faith.This restored St Hripsime church, dedicated to her, is originally built in 618 AD to replace a chapel at the site, where is said she is killed. The pink...

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  • Yerevan, huge complex near the Cascade

    Near the Cascade in Yerevan a huge entertainment complex was constructed and planned. This complex was for a large part underground. When we walked around the building we saw a lot of small cupolas in the grass. Also we had a good view at the architecture of the building with it huge round forms.It looked like this huge complex or parts of it are...

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  • Yerevan, Cascade with still working...

    When we visited the Cascade in 1986 all the nicily designed fountains were working. It was lovely to walk and sit there for a while.In a recent guidebook I red, that the many fountains were turned on in 1997 for the last time before shut down. The local government didn't have the money any longer to pay for the huge amount of energy and water...

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  • Yerevan, sport and leisure complex

    The giant construction of the cascade, the artificial waterfall, was combined with a huge theaterhall and sport and leisure complex. There were also elevators constructed in the inside of the complex. An easier way to go up to visit the facilities at the top than by climbing the many steps.

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    Jun 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    If your into architecture, check out the Goris, Dilijan, Shusha, Gyumri(backstreets), and the villages of Karin-tak and parts of Kelbajar these definitely are architectural marvels in there own merit, though falling apart they still represent what is left of the architecture of Eastern Armenia and you will notice a difference from south(white stones) to north(typically wooden). Some of the Russian/Molokan villages are nice as well... IF your up a party, find some diasporan Armenian get together's ask around where US, or Canadian Armenians hang out... If you want a taste of the locals, they are the best at enjoying the moment with Tamadan(Armenian and Georgian feast culture) just go any village and start speaking to them they will definitely invite you for food and a lot of alcohol. All the other touristy stuff are great, and city center life is pretty good to hang out...Let me warn you, its not a Europe but definitely the best nightlife in the Caucasus as a city(less pretentiousness and more middle class that come out) , perhaps a slightly duller city though its charm, soviet uniqueness and warmer people are what makes the city, I mean just city, a place to enjoy its life rather than just aesthetic feel. If your up for an adventure or awesome sight seeing, drive back from Karabagh from the Kelbajar route, or better still drive to Aghdam and get taste of the empty villages of Karabagh a symbol of Armenian pride after what happened to us in 1915(if your into history) and maybe a feel of the frontline as far as you can get to it. The oldest part of Yerevan is called Kond a slum but might be worth seeing... All the above are the non touristy stuff travelers miss out... then again these are my opinions... And honest truth without mollycoddling the country.

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