Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Destinations in Armenia

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Regions in Armenia

Central Armenia

Much of Armenia’s museums and cultural venues are located in Yerevan, the religious hub of Echmiadzin, the 4100 m high volcano Aragats, and the Monasteries of Geghard and Khor Virap. The flat and arid Ararat valley dominates most of this area, yet the hidden beauty of Khosrov Preserve is seldom seen.

Lake Sevan Region

This area is centered on Lake Sevan, which is 2,000 meters high and surrounded by historic structures, churches, and monasteries, as well as famous beaches. The biggest khachkar cemetery in the world, the beaches surrounding Sevanavank Monastery, and the many fish and crayfish eateries along the shoreline are all highlights. Windsurfing was recently restored to the list of leisure activities.

Northern Armenia

This hilly area, which borders Georgia to the north, is home to a plethora of stunningly beautiful and remote churches and monasteries. Many of them may be found in the Debed River Canyon, and the isolated Shamshadin area offers a glimpse of a practically unexplored and picturesque Armenia.

Southern Armenia

A very lovely region of Armenia extending south to the Iranian border, with fascinating caverns and more distant, lovely Christian sites. Tatev Monastery, Noravank Monastery, Mozrov Cave, Selim Caravanserai, and the hundreds of petroglyphs on Ughtasar Mountain are among the highlights.

Nagorno-Karabakh

A de facto autonomous republic that had previously been a part of Azerbaijan prior to the Karabakh War. The ethnic Armenian community has strong ties to Armenia, and the area can only be reached via Armenia. Apart from the rolling green hills, towering mountains, hiking routes, and great monasteries, visitors are attracted to the enormous ruins city of Aghdam and the partly repopulated city of Shushi, both of which were destroyed during and after the war. Stepanakert, the region’s capital, is home to about 50,000 of the region’s 150,000 inhabitants.

Nagorno-Karabakh is treated independently from Armenia and Azerbaijan since that is how the situation is in practice. This is not an endorsement of any of the conflict’s parties.

Regions in Armenia

  • Yerevan is the capital and by far the biggest city in Armenia.
  • Alaverdi is the location of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark Sanahin Monastery and the adjacent Haghpat Monastery.
  • Dilijan is a famous woodland retreat known as Armenia’s “Little Switzerland.”
  • Echmiadzin, Armenia’s spiritual capital and seat of the Armenian Catholicos, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Gyumri — Armenia’s second-largest city, previously overshadowed Yerevan. The little old town area still bears the scars of the 1988 earthquake.
  • Jermuk is well-known for its mineral waters, which emerge at very high temperatures and may be experienced in spas. Ski lifts are currently being built.
  • Tsaghkadzor is Armenia’s ski resort.
  • Vanadzor is Armenia’s third biggest city, and it has a few beautiful cathedrals.