Armenian destinations and tourist attractions- one is better to see once than to hear a hundred times. Year by year Armenia creates great opportunities for tourists and the flow of foreigners visiting Armenian tourist attractions increases.
Armenia is considered to be one of the most ancient and small nations boasting a rich history and there are many pieces of evidence confirming it. Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, is a prosperous city attracting with its historical monuments, glorious museums, sculptured buildings, crowded parks, wide squares…
Armenia is also a center of uncountable and beautiful monasteries, each of which contains a unique history of the nation’s historical past. Let’s have a short but unforgettable journey to Armenian destinations!
Armenian Destinations | #1 Erebuni Historical and Archeological Museum-Reserve
If you are wishing to explore Armenia starting from its historical past then it is a good choice to start your journey from this deeply historic and main Armenia destination, which is connected with the history of the establishment of the capital Yerevan.
The name of the capital Yerevan is derived from Erebuni (Erebuni-Yerevan). The Erebuni settlement is one of the most visited tourist attractions, which was founded in 782 BC by Argishti the First, one of the greatest kings of the ancient kingdom of Urartu. It is named Erebuni which means “victory”, “capture” or the city of “free people”.
The building of Erebuni museum (founded on May 24, 1968) imitates the design of Urartu palatial structures.
Anyone, who is interested in archaeological excavations, can satisfy his/her great interest by examining the museum’s collection which includes 11295 archeological objects relating to pre Urartian, Urartian, Achaemenian, Hellenistic and early Armenian periods.
If we managed to arouse your interest then you can get more information about museum’s location, working days and hours, entree and guide fees at this website.
Armenian Destinations | #2 History Museum of Armenia
One of the most remarkable Armenia designations is located in the grand Republic Square.
The History Museum of Armenia is a historical, cultural, research and information center. It represents a complete picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times, one million years ago, till our days.
Every year hundreds of foreigners visit this significant tourist attraction to get a general and proper information about Armenian rich history.
If you are interested to visit History Museum of Armenia than you can find more detailed information at the following website.
Armenian Destinations | #3 Matenadaran
Here we are in the greatest and influential cultural center of Armenia. “Matenadaran”- the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is unique in its manuscripts collection and its activities aimed to preserving the Armenian identity.
Armenians associate this tourist attraction with Armenian nation’s spiritual and cultural richness and pride. However, what is preserved today in Matenadaran composes only a small portion of Armenian manuscripts as many of them have been stolen and destroyed over the centuries.
For more contact information please visit the mentioned website.
Armenian Destinations | #4 Statue of Mother Armenia
Armenia is itself a great history. Each part of the country is associated with a certain historical period. Speaking about Armenia destinations and tourist attractions we cannot dismiss the Statue of Mother Armenia, a female personification of Armenia, located in the Victory Park which was constructed to honor the victory Great Patriotic War (World War II).
The Statue of Mother Armenia looks like a guardian of the Armenian capital as it stands on a hill overlooking Yerevan and symbolizes peace through strength.
It is really influential and you must see it from near in order to feel its greatness. This tourist attraction is located in the Victory Park, a very nice place for enjoying Yerevan evenings and visiting the small museum situated right there.
Armenian Destinations | #5 Cafesjian Museum of Art
The Cafesjian Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum, situated in the central part of Yerevan- Cascade. This complex of a massive staircase built in cascade style, where Cafesjian Art Center is located, is known as Cascade.
The author of the idea of the Cascade complex is the architect Alexander Tamanyan, whose statue stands in front of the Cascade.
The main mission of this art museum is the exhibition of leading trends of contemporary art in Armenia and presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world. The art museum has more than 1 million visitors every year. Don’t hesitate to become one of them!
See more information at the official website.
Armenian Destinations | #6 Genocide Museum
Armenia is a deeply historic country and visiting the Armenian Genocide Museum is a great opportunity to learn more about the nation’s troubled past.
Armenian Genocide Museum opened its doors in 1995 when the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was commemorating.
Genocide Museum’s mission is the belief that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is an important step to prevent similar future tragedies, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”.
The museum provides guided tours in Armenian, Russian, English, French and German languages.
Genocide Museum has been visited by:
- Pope John Paul II
- the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin
- French President Jacques Chirac and other prominent public and political figures.
Don’t forget to visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial and lay flowers in memory of the victims.
See contact information on the official website
Armenian Destinations | #7 Etchmiadzin Cathedral
Here we are in the huge and historical structure, which is one of the most visited Armenia destinations, located in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin). Etchmiadzin Cathedral is considered to be the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia.
It is one of the world’s oldest cathedrals which always attracts the attention of the foreigners.
The church was constructed in the beginning of the 4th century by Armenia’s patron saint Gregory the Illuminator after the adoption of Christianity as a state religion.
The cathedral suffered a lot during various troubled centuries but has never lost its significance. Today it stands as proud as in the past.
Armenian Destinations | #8 Khor Virap Monastery
Khor Virap Monastery is the subsequent architectural monument which is also one of the most magnificent tourist attractions in Armenia. It is located on one of the hills of the historical city of Artashat (Ararat Province) and provides a beautiful view of Mount Ararat.
Virap was a deep hole full of snakes and poisonous insects, where the accused were kept. During the Great Persecution of Christians in Artashat, Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here by the King Tiridates III of Armenia, where Gregory spent about 14 years.
After coming out from the Virap hole, Gregory received king’s support and declared Christianity as a state religion in 301. Armenia became the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation. Today it is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites among Armenian destinations.
Armenian Destinations | #9 Temple of Garni
We continue our journey and invite your attention to the next tourist attraction in Armenia. Temple of Garni is a classical Hellenistic complex located in the homonymous village of Kotayk region. It is among UNESCO’s cultural heritage places.
A temple was built in 77 AD by the King Tiridates the First during the 11th year of his reign. It is believed that the temple was dedicated to the sun god Areg-Mihr.
Temple of Garni always keeps its status and remains one of the most beautiful Armenia destinations, which is also crowded with hundreds of tourists from all over the world.
There are many Armenian tour agencies which organize joyful and unforgettable tours to the Temple of Garni.
Armenian Destinations | #10 Geghard Monastery
In fact, the pagan Temple of Garni and Geghard Monastery have no chronological or any ideological connection with each other. The only common things is the close location and, of course, is that both are integral parts of Armenian history.
According to legend, the monastery was founded in the 4th century, when Christianity became a state religion. It was known as “Ayrivank” or “Monastery of the Cave”.
Traditionally, the foundation of the monastery is ascribed to the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator (301-325). The monastery has been a center of education, music academy and place of pilgrimage.
Here you can enjoy the antiquity of the monastery with its indescribable beautiful nature․The tour to Garni and Gegard can be combined with a visit to the Lake Sevan.
Armenian Destinations | #11 Lake Sevan
For a long time, the name of the lake was explained by the Armenian words “sev” (black) and “vank” (monastery) that described the “Sevanavank” which was built by the princess of Syunik Mariam Bagratuni in the 9th century.
There are numerous hotels and resorts around the Lake Sevan which are always happy and ready to host you!
Armenian Destinations | #12 Noravank Monastery
The complex has numerous “khachkars” in its surrounding, among which we can distinguish Momik’s “khachkars” for their high artistic merits.
The architect and sculptor, Momik was one of the most famous Armenian figures of the Middle Ages, who created real masterpieces of the Armenian architecture.
Here you can combine the architectural pleasure of this marvelous Armenia destination with its fabulous nature.
Armenian Destinations | #13 Tatev Monastery Complex
Tatev monastery is a 9th-century historical monument, an exceptional example of architecture, one of the oldest religious centers, as well as the largest university in medieval Armenia.
Here you can enjoy a short air tour in Wings of Tatev, which is the world’s longest aerial tramway (5752 m). It is the shortest, a picturesque and spectacular highway leading to Tatev monastery, 12 minutes of unforgettable flight above the abundant nature of Armenian grassy mountains and canyons․
Tatev Monastery is appreciated by thousands of visitors not only because of its monastery complex, mountain villages and churches but also for its harmony with the surrounding stunning nature․
For contact information please visit this website.
Armenian Destinations | #14 Dilijan
Here you can enjoy a richness of Armenian natural beauty, dense forests, cool and pleasant climate, fabulous landscape features and curative mineral water.
One of the charming features of the town’s landscape is the river Aghstev. Today there are about 30 resorts and rest houses, where you can spend unforgettable and joyful summer holidays.
If you are planning to spend your vacation in Dilijan then don’t miss an exceptional opportunity to visit the Lake Parz. It is one of the most attractive natural sites in Dilijan.
You may also visit Dilijan National Park which is famous for its forest landscapes, medicinal mineral water springs, natural and cultural monuments.
Armenian Destinations | #15 Jermuk
Our list of Armenian fabulous destinations cannot be completed without this marvelous tourist attraction. Jermuk is a popular tourism center located in Vayots Dzor Province.
The town is attractive for its hot springs and mineral water, waterfalls, artificial lakes, fresh air, mild summers and snowy winters. There are no appropriate words to describe such a beauty. We highly recommend you to start your trip from this fairy tale.
Here we are going to finish our short but interesting journey full of adventures. We hope you will be eager to continue discovering the endless beauty and unique history of Armenian tourist attractions by contacting us.
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