Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the
country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia.
Yerevan City tour -
Yerevan sightseeing, including City center, Republic square, State University,
City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Residence.
Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan,
with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the
stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and
Mountain Ararat. Cascade is home to Cafesjian modern art museum.
marker – GUM market –Ararat
Brandy Factory – Shopping mall
Yerevan Vernissage is a large open-air market in Yerevan, Armenia. The name of the market is the
derived from the French word vernissage.
The Yerevan Vernissage is an open-air exhibition-market
functioning on the weekends. It was formed during the 1980s by Armenian artists
who started to display their art works .In addition to carved wood and art
works, traditional carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, books,
jewellery, musical instruments, electronics and even pets are found in the
'Gum' Market" in Yerevan is an old, local food
marketplace where you can shop and try
different types of tea, dried fruits, sujukh, basturma, aromatic herbs and fresh
Yerevan Brandy commonly known with its famous brand
"ArArAt", is the leading enterprise of Armenia for the production of
cognac. It was founded in 1887, during the period of the Russian Empire. After
the Sovietization of Armenia, the factory became a state-owned enterprise. In
1999, the government of independent Armenia sold the factory to the French
Pernod Ricard company for distilled beverages. The variety of the company's
cognac products are labeled and publicized as ArArAt.
TEMPLE AND GEGHARD MONASTERY
Garniis the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in
Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat.
Photo stop at Charentc Arc.
St. Geghard(12th -13th
cc.), is the unique caved temple the
name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the
same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in
the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the
UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).
KhorVirab – Areny Winery- Noravank monastery OR KhorVirab – Areny Winery- Jermuk City
KhorVirap monastery is located In
the south of Armenia According to legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator was
imprisoned here in the basement for 13 years for the dissemination of
Christianity. The monastery is facing the biblical mountain Ararat with best
and nearest view you can ever see.
Areni is a village and the center of the Areni Municipality of the VayotsDzor Province in Armenia. Areni is best known for its wine
production. You will
wines from different vineyards.
Noravank monastery complex, was constructed in the 13th
century on the ledge of narrow winding gorge of the river Amaghu near the city
is known for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It
is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails,
the surrounding forests and mineral water pools.
KhorVirab – Shaki Waterfall- TatevMonasery
Shakiis considered one
of the most picturesque waterfalls in Armenia. It is located in Syunik region,
which is famous for its historical and natural monuments. The waterfall is
formed on the Shaki River, on the inflow of Vorotan that falls into a deep
gorge from a height of 18 meters. Despite the small height, Shaki waterfall has
a large capacity, and the rumbling of water is heard from afar.
The Tatev Monasteryis
a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau
near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia.
"Tatev" usually refers to the monastery. The monastic ensemble stands
on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the
bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the
region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.
In the 14th and 15th
centuries, the monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval
universities, the University of Tatev, which contributed to the advancement of
science, religion and philosophy, reproduction of books and development of
miniature painting. Scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the
preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent
periods in its history.
Wings of Tatev, a
cableway from Tatev to Halidzor village was opened in October 2010. It was
included in the Guinness World Records as world's "longest non-stop double
track cable car .
Tsaghkadzor – Lake Sevan
Tsaghkadzor– Lake Sevan- Dilijan
Tsaghkadzor (means “gorge of flowers”) town, the magical place of
forested mountains. Short walking tour around the small town. Opportunity to go
up to the mountain peaks by rope way, where you will catch an unforgettable
gorgeous panoramic view of this part of the world (going up the first level and
back). In winter Tsakhkadzor is a well- known ski resort with several levels of
ropeways leading up the mountains. In summer it’s a pleasant place to spend the
afternoon in nature and enjoy the sun.
Lake Sevan is the largest body of water in both Armenia and the Caucasus
It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in
Eurasia.It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the incoming water is
drained by the Hrazdan River, while the remaining
Dilijan is a spa town
and urban municipal community in the Tavush Province of Armenia. The town is
one of the most important resorts in Armenia, situated within the Dilijan
National Park. The forested town is home to numerous Armenian artists,
composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture.
The town is often referred to as the Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland
by the locals.
Amberd- Aparan Letters park
4th-largest city in Armenia and the most populous municipal community of
Armavir Province, located about 18 km (11 mi) west of the capital Yerevan, and
10 km (6 mi) north of the closed Turkish-Armenian border.
The city is best known
as the location of Etchmiadzin Cathedral and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,
the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is thus unofficially known in
Western sources as a "holy city”
and in Armenia as the country's "spiritual capital. It was one of
the major cities and a capital of ancient Greater Armenia.
Reduced to a small town by the early 20th
10th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the
slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in
the province of Aragatsotn, Armenia.
The name translates to
"fortress in the clouds" in Armenian.
The site started as a
Stone Age settlement. During the Bronze Age and Urartian periods, a fortress
had been built that is now obsolete. Some sources say that Amberd used to be a
summer residence for kings.
Nearly 45 minutes
outside the capital of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, lays an interesting
site near the city of Aparan, in the Aragatsotn Province, known as Alphabet
Park. Standing next to a small pool of water and with the high Holy Cross
hovering in the background lays a monument of 39 giant carved Armenian letters
in stone and statues of famous Armenians such as H. Tumanyan, M. Gosh, and A.
Shirakatsi. The park was dedicated to the creator of the Armenian language,
Saint MesropMashtots whose language he created over 1,600 years ago is still
Lake Sevan. The fascination and the pearl of mountainous
Armenia is Sevan Lake, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude
fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic
origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higer. The beautiful
landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.The
lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex built in 874.
Dilijan. Dilijan entices people with its unforgettable beauty
and mild climate. The city stretches on the banks of Aghstevriver, surrounded
with mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort. The warm
sun, fresh air and natural spas have great healing influence on people. Dilijan
is also rich in interesting architectural monuments.
KhorVirap. KhorVirap is the most famous pilgrimage site in
Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a
state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavors of
Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who before converting king Trdat the 3rd to
Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon over which a church of KhorVirap
monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the
stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.
Noravank. Passing a narrow road surrounded by rocks of
hundred caves one discovers a scene of harmony of architecture with nature. The
monastery enshrined with fine architectural solutions and luxurious
embellishments is one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture of the
13th century. Noravank consists of St. Karapet, St. Grigory the Illuminator
churches and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) two-storey church, which is
notable for its ideal constructive and sculptural work.
Observing-walking tour in
Yerevan. Take time to explore one of the world's oldest
continuously inhabited cities -Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, the city, which
is 29 years older than Rome! Within the tour you will get a glimpse of the
city's history and culture by covering all the key landmarks- Armenian National
Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Swan Lake, Republic Square, National
Assembly Building, Lovers' Park, Victory Bridge, Northern Aveue, Cascade
Complex - the towering monument of art and design, viewpoint to the city from
high above and many many more!
Garni. Garnitemple which towers over a triangular cape,
is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of
Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the
temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After
adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the
fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins
of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found
near the temple.
Geghard. Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable
masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of
the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex
was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as
the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in
this monastery for many centuries. Due to its constructionGeghardavank serves
the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle
sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).
Tatev. Among the architectural pillars of Zangezour the
monastery of Tatev doesn't have its rivals. This used to be wealthiest medieval
monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center Tatev was also the
important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. Being situated on a naturally
defended place Tatev monastery has always been an impregnable fortress for
alien. In non-stable political conditions the several secret ways in the
territory of the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link
between the monastery and external world.
Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin. The center of Armenian Apostolic church- St. Echmiadzin is located
20 km far from Yerevan. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the
beginning of the forth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world.
According to the legend the church was built in the place where apparition of
Jesus Christ was seen to Grigory the Illuminator in the dream. The interior of
the church is covered with frescoes created by Hovnatanyan family. The
residence of the Catholicos and the Theological Academy are situated near the
The Museum "Treasures of
situated in the southeast section of the Cathedral. Unique holy relics and
religious art are now housed in the museum. Among the many treasures are: the
Holy Lance (Geghard) which pierced the side of Christ, housed in a silver
reliquary; the relics of Noah's Ark in a reliquary that was created in 1698 and
other valuable pieces of art. According to the history, the relic of Noah's
Ark, was given to Patriarch St. Hakob (Jacob) of Mts'bna in the fourth century,
as he desired to climb the peak of Mount Ararat to find Noah's Ark. After
ascending the mountain, he fell asleep through the influence of God, and the
angel of the Lord placed the reliquary of the Ark under his head. In a dream,
the angel instructs St. Hakob to awaken, take the relic, and descend from the
mountain. In addition to the pieces displayed, during archaeological
excavations which were conducted due to renovation work of the Holy Altar,
remnants of the original Holy Altar, founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator,
dating back to 301-303 AD, were discovered.