Welcome to Armenia
Armenia is a very off-the-beaten-track country which has yet to be swarmed with tourists. This is surprising given how stunning and rugged its landscape is, and how rich its history, which outdates Rome by several years. It’s just waiting to be explored.
Best sights in Armenia
The capital of Armenia is a diverse and exciting city. Nearby is Mount Aarat, which you can hike. There are also the must-visit Genocide Memorial and Saint Gregory Cathedral.
Khor Virap (44km from Yerevan)
The most spellbinding cathedral in Armenia is located out in the Armenian wilderness. Climbing to it gives you a breath-taking view of Mount Ararat and the surrounding plains.
Geghard monastery (36km from Yerevan)
This UNESCO-protected site contains several smaller churches and underground tombs you can explore. It might be the most medieval-looking monastery you’re ever likely to visit in all of Eurasia.
Garni Temple (28km from Yerevan)
Armenia’s only remaining colonnaded building was built in 77CE by the Greeks and may have beem a tomb rather than a temple, as many believe. It’s a stunning feature of ancient Armenian history.
Tatev Monastery (252km from Yerevan)
Built at the edge of a cliff, this 8th century monastery makes for one of the most jaw-dropping sights in Armenia. It’s found far to the south and was once the site of the University of Tatev.
Noravank monastery (117km from Yerevan)
This 13th century monastery has a remarkable history: when the Mongols conquered Armenia, they tore down many churches but left Noravank alone because they approved of the way that God’s features had been depicted in its carvings.
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