Are you going to Armenia for the first time? The article will tell about the most interesting and remarkable cities of this country, which are definitely worth a visit.
Armenia is a country of ancient and rich history. Not everyone knows that the Armenian capital Yerevan is a peer of Rome, even slightly older than it.
It is not surprising that literally in every corner of Armenia You can find unique monuments dating back more than one hundred years. According to some experts like there are about 4 thousand sights, so wherever you go, whatever direction you choose, you will definitely have the opportunity to learn a lot of new and interesting things by seeing the “history of centuries” with your own eyes. So, let’s find out which cities to opt for first.
The Armenian capital is sometimes called the “pink city”, the fact is that most of the buildings here are built from volcanic pink tuff. At dawn, the city looks fabulously beautiful, a particularly picturesque view opens from the top of the Cascade, one of the “visiting cards” of Yerevan. Walking through the evening city center will give you a lot of impressions. And in the afternoon you can visit one of the many museums in the capital: the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Sergei Parajanov Museum, the National Art Gallery. It is worth seeing the museum-fortress of Erebuni, located on the Arin-Berd hill and which is the ancient ancestor of modern Yerevan.
Gyumri is the second largest city and the cultural capital of Armenia. It was here that the first opera in the country was once opened, and the first theater building appeared. A walk through the cozy streets of the “old” Gyumri will allow You to travel back in time a hundred years ago, feeling the special flavor and atmosphere of this amazing city.
Etchmiadzin is rightfully considered the spiritual capital of Armenia. Many beautiful legends and real events are associated with this place, dating back to the time when Christianity had just begun to spread in Armenia. In Etchmiadzin, You can see the most beautiful medieval temples and visit the treasury museum, which stores unique religious objects and artifacts.
Dilijan is one of the most popular climatic and balneological resorts in Armenia. The city is surrounded by dense natural forests of the Dilijan National Park, thanks to which the local crystal clear air has truly healing properties. In addition to being a sought-after vacation spot, Dilijan is also known as an educational and scientific center – there is an international college school where students from all over the world study.
Tsakhkadzor ski resort is a favorite place for tourists. There is literally everything for a fun and exciting winter holiday. Ski slopes of international class are divided into different levels: for beginners, more experienced skiers, professionals and lovers of real extreme sports. There are tracks for snowboarding, the opportunity to ride a snowmobile, and for kids – slides with sleds.
The city, located in the south of Armenia, is able to surprise You, because Goris is unique in its own way and does not look like any other city. Arriving here, you should definitely visit the natural the “stone forest” attraction, where rocks of an unusual shape really form an area that looks like some kind of fantastic forest. We also advise You to see the “cave city” Khndzoresk, where people lived until the 50s of the last century.
Sevan is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Armenia. The “mountain pearl” Lake Sevan is beautiful at any time of the year, but the swimming season here is very short. Even on the hottest days, the water temperature in the lake rises no higher than 18-20 degrees. Having been here, it is also worth visiting the ancient temple of Sevanavank,located on a hill, which offers an incredible view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.