Friday, November 14, 2008

Why We Love Armenia So Much!

While reading through these lines, someone may ask: why do you love Armenia so much? We love it so much not only because it's ours, but because it is the best!

Yerevan at Night

The heart of Armenia - Yerevan is especially beautiful at night, when all the buildings are covered with sparkling lights, streets shine with the numerous modern and ethnic shops and restaurants that look so attractive and inviting. Tired after a long working day, but still full of energy, Armenians are walking along the streets in pairs, groups or just alone, admiring the city at night.
Here you can also meet numerous tourists from all over the world, who came to watch the Singing Fountains at the Republic Square or just to have walk along tiny streets.
You must be here to feel it...

Monday, November 10, 2008


Armenia is a country of stones. When someone asks Armenia which is the richness in their country, in most cases they will definitely mention the stones. There are many types of stones on this land.

Therefore it is not surprising, that Armenians used their wealth in expressing their belief in God and being the first Christians. This expression is found on Cross Stones (in Armenian Khachkar). Khachkars are carved stones, on which one can usually find a cross. There are thousands of Khachkars in Armenia and no 2 of them are identical.

In the center of Khachkar is usually depicted a cross and is decorated with different Christian symbols or scenes from the bible or pictures of saints.

First Khachkars date back to the 9th century. The oldest known Khachkar was created in 879, found in Garni. It was dedicated to the wife of Armenian King Ashot I Bagratuni - Katranide. The carving of Khachkars reached its peak in 12-14 centuries. The carving of Khachkars was in decline after Mongols invaded Armenia in 14th century. But in the end of the 16th century it revived.

However, the tradition of carving Khachkars has not disappeared fully. Even now in Armenia there are people who are still carving Khachkars. Of course these newly carved Khachkars are not as precious as the old ones but they will gain their values with time.

There are about 40.000 Khachkars today. The most famous ones are the Khachkar in Geghard, created in 1213, and the Khachkar in Goshavank, created in 1291. Most of the Khachkars are situated near churches and other holy places, including the graveyards. Some of them are presented in museums of Yerevan and in the holy cathedral of Echmiadzin.

So if you come to Armenia, you are going to find thousand of Khachkars that you probably will not find in any other country… And if you have already found them in other countries, you have definitely felt the spirit of Armenian culture and history!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The pearl of Armenia

One of the most famous pearls of Armenia is Lake Sevan. It is the one the most visited places by Armenians in Armenia. Not only because there is no access to see in Armenia, but because it is incredibly beautiful and once you visit it, you want to return and admire its beauty over and over again.

Sevan is a place where one can relax, have some swim and just watch the waves of the lake or how the sun is hiding itself behind the mountains.

Sevan constitutes about 5% of the all territory of Armenia, situated about 2000 meters above the sea level. One the Russian writers, Maxim Gorky, after visiting Sevan said it looked like as if a piece of sky came down to the surface of the earth among the Geghama mountains.

Like almost all places in Armenia, Sevan is also a bearer of Armenian culture. Sevanavank is a monastery located near the lake on a peninsula. It was founded in 874 by Princess Miriam, the daughter of the king Ashot I. To reach the monastery, one has to walk up the stairs for almost 10 minutes by feet. But when you reach the top, the monastery, you never regret finding yourself there. From the monastery the lake Sevan becomes even more beautiful. The panorama is admiring.

With the years, the level of water in Sevan fell, discovering the historical cultural secrets hidden under the lake, near the shore. Some of archeological artifacts found date to the 1st century B.C, some of them coming from the Bronze Age.

The temperature of the water of Sevan is about 18-22 Celsius in summers. The lake is rich of different kind of fishes that are very popular among Armenians. Many Armenians go to Sevan for eating fish there.

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