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Small Country-Big History ! This is Armenia !

Armenia – a small country with a rich history

Have you ever thought about travelling to a place, which is ancient and modern at the same time? Well, it seems difficult to answer this question at once, but when you take some breath and relax, you understand that it is not a weird question at all.

If it still seems difficult to make a good choice, then start googling Armenia. Yes, a marvelous place to spend your upcoming holidays and to go back to the roots of human origin.

Armenia is the cradle of civilization and Christianity. Adopting Christianity the first in the world in 301 A.D., the Armenians began to build churches and chapels, which depict the history of Armenians from the early centuries until now.

It is impossible to visit Armenia and be indifferent towards its wonderful nature and stunning architecture. As the one who has recently witnessed its pure beauty, I will share my experience with you and offer a couple of places to visit when being in Armenia.

Khor Virap

The Armenian monastery Khor Virap was initially built in 642 and, over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel was built on the ruins of the old chapel. Khor Virap is located in Artashat, Ararat Province. It is remarkably known for being the monastery and pilgrimage site of Saint Gregory the Illuminator. ’Knor Virap’ is translated as ‘Deep Hole’, where Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years.

Noravank

After visiting Khor Virap, we visited Noravank – another stunning monastery containing many years of history. Noravank was built in the 13th century and is located in Yeghegnadzor. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin church – the masterpiece of talented sculptor and miniaturist Momik. The stairs of the church attract special attention and it is a bit extreme to climb it.

My short trip was really unforgettable and I tried to store a lot of knowledge and historical information, which is important not only for the Armenians but also for the ones who are interested in the ancient civilization and mankind. These two places are just the small portion of what Armenia can offer you, but now it is much easier to know where to travel next.

Author Tatevik Poghosyan

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