Things to do in Armenia

| June 18, 2020

Things to do in Armenia

Located on the dividing line between the north and south of the country, the capital of Yerevan is a good base from which to explore this small country. Russian architecture remains from the 19th century but the city has dramatically changed from the days of Soviet rule into a bustling metropolis with numerous museums and monuments to visit. Some of these include Matenadaran (the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts), Tsitsernakaberd (the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum), the National Art Gallery and the Erebuni Fortress dating back to 752BC.

Surrounding Yerevan there are many sights which can be seen on a day trip. West of the city is Echmiadzin (Vagharshapat), the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church. To the north-west is Ashtarak, a pretty town overlooking the Kasagh gorge with several churches dating from the 6th to the 16th centuries which line the gorge.

Going further into northern Armenia are scenic sights such as Mount Aragats, the highest point in Armenia, and Lake Sevan, which is a welcome retreat from Yerevan in the hot summer months. Just north of the lake is the stunning, almost alpine area of Dilijan National Park. Travelling into southern Armenia, the country becomes more remote still with one main highway serving as a vital artery linking to the capital city. Age-old churches and monasteries, rustic villages, vineyards and orchards, forests, caves, canyons and high plateaux all feature in this enchanting land.

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