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Where ancient culture meets modern hospitality
Yerevan is a fusion of old and new. Immerse yourself in different architectural styles and époques by checking out the monumental Republic Square, the Blue Mosque from the period of Persian rule, a truly unique Cascade complex, the renowned opera theater and cozy Lovers’ Park. For those interested in history, Yerevan has some must-sees of Soviet modernism, which include the Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, former cinema house Rossiya, Summer Hall of Moscow Cinema, Marshal Bagramyan Metro Station pavilion and other hidden gems. The city is alive with a bustling café and terrace culture. There is plenty for art lovers too; we recommend visiting the National Gallery and house-museums of Sergei Parajanov and Martiros Saryan.
In Armenia, opportunities to explore nature are on your doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll around a picturesque lake or a more adventurous excursion, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss Sevan – the largest lake in the Caucasus. In summer, take a dip in the lake overlooked by the Sevanavank Monastery built in 874. Get active with trekking, hiking, cycling, mountain climbing or paragliding. Those hunting for a real adventure won’t want to miss Yell Extreme Park, famous for its ziplines. At the end of the day, relax with a wine tasting and take in the breathtaking views at Zorah Wines, Voskeni or Armas.
Since Armenia adopted Christianity in 301 AD, its religious heritage has lived on in ancient monasteries and churches across the country. These monasteries are some of the most unique in the world, ranging from the Etchmiadzin Cathedral (the first Christian cathedral in the world) to Geghard, which is half-carved into the rock of a mountain, to the forest-surrounded Haghartsin, to Tatev, one of the most distinguished achievements in medieval Armenian architecture. The Tatev Monastery can be reached by taking the Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest reversible ropeway over the Vorotan Gorge.
Armenia’s rich cultural history is reflected in the breadth of its monuments and historical sites. From a 6,000-year-old winery in Areni, to petroglyphs on the plateau of Ukhtasar, to Karahunj – believed to be an ancient observatory – to the Erebuni ruins and the pagan temple of the Sun God Mithra dating back to the 1st century AD, Armenia is ripe for adventure and discovery.
Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest in the region; the food is influenced by the nation’s position where East and West meet. Don’t just take our word for it – National Geographic included Yerevan in its list of “Six Unexpected Cities for the Food Lovers.” Indulge yourself with khorovats (barbecue), tolma, khapama, fish and crawfish from Sevan, Armenian cheese and dried fruit, and wash it down with Armenian brandy, wine and beer. Our favorite spots in Yerevan include Dolmama, Vostan, Sherep, Lavash, Tsirani and Mayrig.
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