Places of Interest
Amberd – the inaccessible fortress was built in 7th-century by Kamsarakan princely family. It is located 2,300 meters above the sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats, at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn. Afterwards the fortress was ruined by Seljuk Turks and Mongols, but the part of it has reached our days. As a result of excavation in Amberd fragments of painted earthenware, Egyptian glass scent-bottles, bronze lamps and incense burners were found. In Amberd there was also a bathhouse, water pipes were lain.
Ejmiatsin (Vagarshapat) – is the religious centre of Armenian Apostolic Church. Here the Holy Seat of St. Ejmiatsin is situated, as well as St. Hripsime, St. Gayane and other churches. In Armenian language Ejmiatsin means “The Descent of the Only Begotten”. According to the legend, it was the very place, to which Jesus Christ came down from the heavens and with the fiery hummer showed where the first Christian church in Armenia should be built. St. Hripsime church is an exceptional monument of 7th c. both by its beauty and the architectural solutions, surprising for that time.
Garni is the only pagan temple in Armenia that has survived since the adoption of Christianity. Being built in I c. Garni temple is a perfect realization of Hellenistic culture in Armenian style. Once it was in the territory of a castle that was a summer residence of Armenian kings. Not far from the temple there are the ruins of the royal bathhouse, where a mosaic with a mythological plot has remained. Garni offers a marvelous view of a deep gorge of Azat river and Stone symphony of volcanic rocks.
Geghard – is a 13c. monastery complex partially carved out of the adjacent rock. As Geghard is situated in high inaccessible mountains and a lot of secret caves surround it, it was a place where Spear which had wounded Jesus was kept for centuries. Geghard gorge has an exceptional beauty and allows to feel calmness and spiritual serenity.
Gyumri is the second-largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. Gyumri is mentioned in the historic Urartian inscriptions dating back to the 8th century BC. Famous for its red-and-black stone buildings Gyumri is also known as “Capital of Cultures and Crafts”.
Jermuk is a famous resort town – known for its mineral water, picturesque landscape, mild climate, beautiful waterfall and healthful air. The Gallery of mineral water offers an opportunity to taste hot springs of different temperature. A modern medical equipment, upscale doctors and staff, hotels and health centers of different categories make Jermuk one of the most famous resorts in Europe. “Jermuk” mineral water by its composition is almost identical to healing springs in Karlovy Vary.
Khor Virap – the name of the monastery translates as “Deep Pit”, where Gregory the Enlightener, who then became the first Catholicos of Armenia was imprisoned for about 14 years. Khor Virap offers a very beautiful view to Mount Ararat.
Qarahunge – is a prehistoric stone observatory, rich in mysteries. According to some estimates this archaeological site is dating back to 8-7 millennium B.C. Some of the 222 stones of Carahunge have special circular holes in them, which show to the sunrise at equinox. Some scientists state that the stones of Qarahunge are placed in the form of constellation. Until now there are a lot of undiscovered riddles of ancient stone blocks.
Sevan – is the water treasure of Armenia. It is the second large high-altitude freshwater lake in the world. The blue waves of Sevan inspired a lot of Armenian poets and writers. Sevan is beautiful and peculiar in every season, rain or shine. The only island of the lake turned into a peninsula after the lowering of water level. Two beautiful churches have stayed here since 9th c.
Tatev – consonance of beautiful medieval architecture and astonishingly splendid nature of the South of Armenia. The monastery was built in 10th century, and already in 15th c. a University was functioning, where the students studied theology, philosophy, music, calligraphy, art of miniature and manuscript transcriptions, as well as other humanities and social sciences. “Wings of Tatev” cable way was built in 2010 and was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest reversible aerial tramway.
Vardenyac caravanserai (Selim) – a medieval construction of 14c. that rich our days almost in its original appearance due to its unique location and architecture refinements. This Caravanserai built in medieval Armenia along commercial routes offered hospitality to travelers, merchants, whole caravans, travelling along the Silk road. They found safe accommodation and tasty food here, and besides that Vardenyac caravanserai was a place, where they shared information about the dangers of the way, reliability of the tradespeople etc.
Vernissage – open-air market, where a wide variety of handicraft goods, presented by masters themselves, subjects of national character, paintings, vintage manufactures can be found. It can be considered to be an art exhibition, where one can see the most interesting things, buy presents and souvenirs for every taste, communicate with talented and good-natured people. Vernissage works in its full format on Saturdays and Sundays.
Yerevan is the city where ancient and modern times interlace in an amazing way. Yerevan offers a lot of places of interests, historical and cultural monuments, simply beautiful streets and lanes. Constructed from tufa of different tints, the city shines in all colours. A promenade through the centre of the city will give the opportunity to meet simple Armenian people and feel the unique atmosphere of Yerevan.
Zvartnots – the charming ruins allow to feel the atmosphere of the 7thc. when The Temple of Watching might was built. It was unprecedented by its beauty and greatness. The Cathedral had 3 floors and its height was 49 meters. The ancient stones and capitals carved with different symbols and beautiful ornaments have miraculously reached our times, as they were forgotten for about nine centuries. Being situated right in front of Mt. Ararat view – make you feel like the time has stopped…