<15 Armenia facts that you may not know>
Hi, travel lovers, you may want to know about Armenia facts that would be interesting for you!
If you are going to visit Armenia, look through the 15 most interesting facts that one should know before visiting Armenia. This would help you decide where to visit in Armenia and why you really want to come to Armenia in the future.
Ok, so let us see them now!
Armenia facts 1) The first nation to adapt Christianity in the world history!
Christianity was brought to Armenia much earlier than you think. It is believed that it was 60-65 AD, but officially, Christianity was adopted during the reign of Trdat the 3rd, then Armenian king. Each Armenian considers oneself as a follower of Apostolic church. The Holly center is Echmiadzin which is among must-places to visit in Armenia.
Christianity has been mostly the reason why Armenians has kept having conflicts with so called invaders and neighbors for many centuries.
The best proof of the fact that Armenians were the first to adopt Christianity is those amazing churches built earlier than 7th century. As a tourist to Armenia said during his visit, “Armenia is an open air museum full of Christianity details”.
Armenia facts 2) TaTever – the longest ropeway as information for tourists!
Armenia has the longest aerial ropeway in the world. Guess how the ropeway is called. It is “TaTever” in Armenian that is “Wings of Tatev” in English. In another way, the meaning of TaTever also can be interpreted as “give me wings (ta-give, tever-wings)”. The ropeway is 5.7 km. The highest point is 1050 ft (320 meters) above ground level.
Armenia facts 3) Armenians are everywhere
Armenia is rich of diaspora communities. The history of Armenians is full of dark pages and including many defeats although there have been triumphs and victories too. Due tot these historical harsh experiences and due to the “not-yet-recognized Armenian Genocide”, Armenians have spread all over the world.
In fact, you can find Armenians in every corner of Earth. Even recently, it is heard that in Japan has emerged a small community of Armenians. And, the most interesting fact is that every Armenian is ready to come back and support its homeland if needed (well it’s said though at least…). The number of Armenian diaspora is believed to be approximately 7,000,000. This is how Armenian nation is never defeated.
So, you may be able to find information about Armenia and Armenians even in your neighborhood too!
Armenia facts 4) Homeland of famous celebrities
Armenia is a homeland of worldwide famous celebrities indeed. Now, just remember that some celebrities or famous public figures or businesspersons you know, if carefully explore their family histories and ancestors, you would find some of them are actually Armenian.
For example, a worldwide phenomenon, Kim Kardashian, she is of course Armenian as you have already known. Maybe, some of you remember her visit in 2015 on occasion of Armenian Genocide Centennial. Her husband also visited Armenia with her then, and he really loved the country.
Of course, there are many other celebrities with Armenian background around the world. This is a new assignment for you to find some!
Armenia facts 5) Niva phenomenon
Armenians and most likely, males are famous for their interesting and respective attitude towards cars. If any of you who have ever been to Armenia would say that their lovely car is, of course, “Niva”.
The origin of the Niva phenomenon comes from the Soviet era, but till now the car has large popularity among Armenians. People say that it used to be like that when girl’s parents knew that their to-be husband had Niva, certainly, they were going to give their girl to that boy as his wife!
Armenia facts 6) Armenian Duduk
Some of you, at least once in life, have listened to Armenian music.
The equipment called “duduk” is played in almost all Armenian music. It is worth mentioning that UNESCO proclaimed Armenian Duduk as a masterpiece. Though the funniest and surprising fact is that Duduk is used almost in every occasion, not only in music. The amazing equipment is made of apricot wood you can find everywhere in Armenia!
Armenia facts 7) Cuisines are delicious!
We cannot ignore mentioning the Armenian cuisine. The tastiest of all cuisines all over the world of all time we believe (we hope it is correct!). Probably one of the most famous ones is Armenian dolma which is a stuffed vegetable dish rolled with a grape leaf. There are various types of dolma in Armenia and even there is a Dolma day in Armenia that is celebrated in May or June.
Also, Armenian lavash is commonly eaten all over the Caucasus. In fact, every neighbor country of us refers Lavash as theirs, but we also insist it is ours! Lavash is made of flour, water and a little bit of salt. And, it is baked in a hole in the ground to complete. The thinness of Lavash is amazing and is a good match for many other dishes.
Armenia facts 8) Geographically, Armenia is a mystery
Armenia is located partly in Europe, but also in Asia or sometimes it is considered as in the middle east. So, attention! If you come from Europe with Schengen visa, unfortunately, you cannot enter Armenia without getting a visa to Armenia in the airport or beforehand!
Well, going back to the geography of Armenia, therefore, its location is kind of mystery. Yet, this is why this nation can be very interesting for some people.
Armenia facts 9) Is the language sacred?
Armenian language is supposed to be the language in which Jesus was speaking according to Armenians’ saying.
It is said that the sacred language which was spoken by Jesus was Armenian (well, of course we need scientific evidence and information to prove it though). Plus, Armenia was the Holy place where heaven and hell were mixed. we will have fingers crossed that in the near future, the verity of the saying will be undeniable.
Armenia facts 10) Yerevan, a pink city
The most famous stone that you can see in Armenia is Tuf (Toof). Many architectures are made of this stone. Well, do you know the original color of the sone? It is pink! Since the major part of Yerevan buildings and houses are built with tuf, Armenia’s capital, “Yerevan” got the name “Pink city”.
There are a lot of songs written and dedicated to the pink city. One of them is Erebuni-Yerevan. The lyrics describe all the history and beauty of the attractive pink city actually.
Armenia facts 11) Older than Rome, very old Armenia history
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is older than Italy’s capital city, Rome. Some years ago, Yerevan was recognized as the oldest capital in the world. It is approximately 2700 years old.
The place where today’sYerevan is build was at Erebuni fortress or commonly known as Arin Berd meaning “Fortress of blood”. It was the first capital of Urartian dynasty. Erebuni was founded by the Urartian, well-known and powerful king, Argishti, the First.
The years have passed, the capital has got over 10 new names, but Yerevan itself has been staying there over years and centuries.
Armenia facts 12) Armenian Stonehenge
Zorats Karer or Carahunge is a very interesting and prehistorical sight located nearby river Vorotan. The name, “Caragunge”, comes from the name of village Karahunj in Syunik region. If translated in Armenian, the word means “stone treasure”.
In this historical place, there is nothing but stones; stones with different shapes and holes.
In the first sight, you will probably not understand key meaning. For some people, years are required to clear out the real intention of the stones. The historians and scientists stated that stones are making whistling on windy days. There are multiple holes in the stones. Now, Carahunge is believed to have been used as an observatory.
According to historians, there was a temple with a large observatory in the area. With the help of observatory, then people in ancient time could link to space and know the time and etc.
Armenia facts 13) Luscious fruits
Another attractive fact about Armenia is its delicious, tasty and luscious fruits. As you may know, the most famous fruits among tourists is apricot. Even in the Eurovision contest some years ago, the song called “apricot stone” was presented as the Armenian representative song for the year.
In Armenia, there is a unique respect to apricot. You should note that apricot is one of the few symbols of Armenia.
Armenia facts 14) Mount Ararat, geography of Armenia
Mount Ararat used to be in the territory of Armenia for decades, but after the middle of 19th century. However, now, it locates in the territory of Turkey (former Western Armenia’s territory) because of unforgiving history that countries in the region experienced.
In spite of the fact, Armenians continues worshiping Mount Ararat as their symbol. As information that would attract you, it is also believed that in the top of Mouth Ararat, Noah’s ark landed!
Armenia facts 15) Ancient wineries
Armenia is homeland of the many ancient wineries. Armenia is famous for its ancient wines and one of the noteworthy information is the wine factory in Areni. The winery in located in the village, Areni, where you can find museum as well as enjoy tour inside the factory.
Also, you should know that there are also wine days in Armenia. You can freely visit the wine museum and try different types of wines on these days!