The fact that Armenia has its own alphabet speaks volumes about the unique culture and fierce independence of this small, mountainous country. The first country in the world to fully adopt the Christian faith, in 301 AD, its hilly landscapes today are scattered with an enthralling collection of ancient churches and medieval monasteries. With a history that has been complex and at times tragic, Armenia is filled with a richness and resilience that is hard to beat.
The tree-lined streets and stylish architecture of Yerevan provides an intriguing contrast to the towering presence of Mount Ararat, which can be seen from most places in the Armenian capital. Reputedly the final resting place of Noah’s Ark, this iconic mountain sets the tone for the biblical overtones that seem to infuse the towns and villages of this fascinating country.
Adventure awaits in the lush forests of the north and the craggy mountains to the south, where a rich mix of flora and fauna compliments an ever-changing landscape that provides an ideal backdrop for walkers, nature lovers and culture buffs alike.
If you're in Yerevan on the weekend, check out the Vernissage market, where you can find some interesting antiques and art work.