Armenia is a mountainous country, which is rich with cultural heritage and delicious cuisine. Its history goes back more than three thousand years and is closely linked to the biblical Mount Ararat where Noah’s Ark landed.For many centuries, Armenia has been the site of the collision of ancient empires, as it is located at the crossroads of East and West. But the strong spirit of the mountainous people has helped the country not only to survive but also secure political independence.
Hospitality and the culture of Armenia
The indigenous population of Armenia is about three million people. Hospitality and cordiality is in Armenians’ blood. They happily welcome guests from all parts of the world, and proudly tell visitors about the attractions and historical events of their motherland.Speaking about Armenian culture, it is impossible not to mention its music. Armenian songs are not like musical tunes of other countries. They are distinguished by their special melody, sounding and deep meaning. Transferring texts from one generation to another, Armenians honor their ancestors and preserve their traditions.Rocky soil and pointed ridges played its role in the development of the country’s architecture. For early buildings it’s typical clear lines, monumentality and austerity and for later buildings it’s typical decorative elements and domes.
Armenian cuisine deserves special attention. Tourists who visit here should not afraid to stay hungry. Armenian table is abundant with tasty and diverse food, and it is easy to get lost in the menu of restaurants. Mountainous people artfully prepare meat and fish. Vegetables, grains and legumes are most commonly used as a side dish. More than three hundred different spices help to reveal all the richness of the taste and diversity of flavor.
The most popular dish of Armenian cuisine is considered to be barbecue. For preparation of the Royal barbecue 4 kinds of meat is used each of which is separately pickled. Not less important are the dishes as dolma (lamb wrapped in grape leaves), Khash (meat broth. Traditional lavash serves as addition to food.
Sights of Armenia
The main attractions of Armenia are the architectural monuments. Here you will find huge structures painstakingly decorated with sculptures. And you’ll be able to be alone in the shadows of a small chapel. Armenian architects considered superfluous to try to compete with nature gifted these places with picturesque views, that’s why modest churches and cathedrals were created only for services and prayers.Visit the feudal castles of X-XIII centuries, the ruins of the ancient citadel, Lake Sevan, thermal springs of Jermuk. A lot of museums are located in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan: the state history museum, national art gallery, the museum of manuscripts of folk art and Armenian genocide memorial. Visiting the Brandy Factory, you will learn the history of the famous Armenian cognac; will see its production process and you will be able to taste and buy this drink as well.
Tourism in Armenia
Backpacking is very popular in Armenia. Hikes are organized the way that you can see the cliffs, spacious meadows, waterfalls and stormy rivers. One of the most popular hikes routes pass through the slopes of Mount Aragats, Stone Forest near Tatev and Garni canyon. Enjoying the picturesque surroundings, it is difficult to believe that all of these are really happening in reality.
Fans of relaxing holiday will enjoy Dilijan reserve. Here you will find trees, whose age is about half a century. Rivers of the reserve are rich with fish; especially for anglers there are also organized guided tours in the Lake Sevan whose water is rich with valuable fish species.There are a lot of medical health centers in the territory of Armenia with mineral sources. And 50 km from Yerevan there is located ski complex Tsaghkadzor. Season of skiing lasts from November to March, and the numerous tracks are designed to meet all levels of training tourists.