Top 5 Must-See Places in Armenia
If you are looking for a new destination to spend your vacation, then take your chance to travel to Armenia, the so called open-air museum and one of the most ancient countries of the world. Visiting Armenia you will enjoy the most delicious and organic fruits and vegetables and taste yummy Armenian national cuisine, discover ancient monasteries during the day and enjoy modern Yerevan at nights.
Here are top 5 best places for Armenia sightseeing.
1.Yerevan: the capital city of Armenia
Of course, you will start exploring Armenia from its capital city. Sightseeing in Yerevan is preferable to start from Matenadaran, the museum of ancient manuscripts, where you can see the biggest and the smallest ancient handwritten books and many unique manuscripts of different ancient nations.
Make sure to check out Cascade, where are located many exposures of modern art. It is worth to go up all the stairs (either on foot or by escalator) to enjoy magnificent view of Biblical Mount Ararat. Also take a tour to Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide memorial, where you will learn about the dramatic past of the Armenian nation.
Other must-see spots in downtown Yerevan are the Liberty Square and Republic Square with its singing fountains and laser show at nights. And, of course, you can relax enjoying night Yerevan at one of the rooftop cafes with spectacular view of the city.
2. Tatev Monastery Complex
“Wings of Tatev” ropeway, one of the longest in the world, will take you to see this 9th century monastery in Armenia and you will enjoy a breathtaking tour with gorgeous view of the gorge and Tatev fortress walls across the cliffs.
Tatev Monastery complex is one of the oldest and famous in Armenia, it used to be a scientific and cultural center.
3. Lake Sevan
It’s the largest freshwater lake in the territory. If you climb up to the top of the hill, you will find two ancient churches and many khachkars (cross-stones) in the surrounding, and you will get spectacular view from above of Lake Sevan.
4. Garni Pagan Temple
Another Armenia sightseeing spot is Garni Temple, a pagan Hellenistic temple well known for its unique structure from pre-Christian Armenian era. It’s the only existing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia dating back to the 1st ceոtury AD.
Besides the temple, you will also see the stunning gorge and the Symphony of Stones basalt formation along the cliff.
5. Karahunj Stone Circle
Armenia destinations cannot be complete without popular prehistoric archaeological site Karahսnj (Carahunge), which is internationally referred as Armenian Stonehenge.
You will find about 7500 years old huge stones that have holes in them that were used for astrology observations back in time.