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  • 15 REASONS WHY TO VISIT ARMENIA! | Best Travel Armenia
    Yerevan in a diameter of 200km To experience the uncommon hospitality of the Armenian people The Armenian mythology is the only one in the world having a God of Hospitality named VANATOOR No wonder here the people may invite you into their homes to share food with you even if they don t know you The ancient Armenian proverb says A Guest is the messenger of God To see the world s oldest shoe 5500years old as well as the world s oldest winery found in Areni 1 Cave To taste the Armenian pomegranate wine and the most sophisticated Armenian cognac which is the visit card of Armenia Ararat Brandy is considered to be the best in the world To taste the sun kissed apricots of the Ararat Valley Prunus armeniaca in Latin means Armenian plum as Armenia is the homeland of the apricot To buy the world s most beautiful ancient rugs and carpets Some carpet showrooms offer ancient carpets The world s oldest carpet is an Armenian carpet kept at the Hermitage Museum To eat healthy organic and delicious food as the Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest and tastiest in the world To ride the world s longest aerial tramway 5 7km Wings of Tatev which will take you to the huge monastic complex of Tatev 9th century indeed a fairy tale fortress monastery nestled on a promontory surrounded by deep gorges To see UNESCO World Heritage Sites monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin To stand on the Great Silk Road its bridges and see caravanserais hotels of antiquity At its zenith the Silk Road covered 7000km and 500km passed only through Armenia You will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes of this small yet ancient country with over 5000 year history From semi deserts up

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  • Taraz Festival in Armenia | Best Travel Armenia
    of Armenian traditions Taraz This year Taraz Festival in Armenia will be celebrated on 11 July 2015 in Sarnaghbyur Shirak Province Traditional Taraz national dress reflects the cultural identity of the nation the peculiarities of the national character In the course of history the clothing of every region received its unique style and features The traditional Armenian Taraz is divided into 2 large groups Western and Eastern Armenian Apart from

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  • Water Festival in Armenia - Vardavar | Best Travel Armenia
    religious holidays which has its deep roots in pagan era Vardavar is celebrated on the 14th Sunday after Easter celebration during the period from 28 June to 1 October In the pagan era vardavar was associated with Goddess of love named Astghik According to tradition Astghik presented roses and sprayed rosewater spreading love in Armenian land and her beloved God Vahagn protected and preserved that love And the name of the holiday Vardavar derives from this legend According to another tradition Noah descending from the ark which had landed on Mount Ararat after the flood orders his sons to spray water at each other in the memory of the flood in Vardavar After the adoption of Christianity Armenian church revived Vardavar holiday deeply loved by people Vardavar enjoys great popularity In Vardavar people spray each other with great amount of water Vardavar is not only a perfect way of being refreshed on a hot summer day but also it changes into a real holiday of water Besides water of Vardavar considers to be healing and everybody should get at least several drops of water during spraying each other It is also traditional to fly doves in vardavar Vardavar has been

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  • Traditions | Best Travel Armenia
    a rule of 4 5 people However in villages children of all brothers who live together are considered brothers and sisters and the mother treats her own children and children of her brother in law with the same love and affection Housekeeping is traditionally the responsibility of the elder woman in the house and her authority is considered higher than that of the man Respectfulness towards elders regard and deference of them are also traditional for Armenians The opinion of the elders is always taken into consideration seniors play a significant role in the solution of important family issues It is considered indecent to speak loudly or to smoke in the presence of seniors If an elderly man enters the house young people should stand up as a sign of respect and only sit down again after their senior s invitation Wedding ceremonies which still accompany most of the weddings especially in villages are considered one of the most beautiful ones In the past weddings used to last 7 days and 7 nights however today their duration is much shorter As a rule young people got married with their parents consent Although if the girl s parent were against the

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  • Matenadaran | Best Travel Armenia
    want to miss out on top attractions like Matenadaran The Matenadaran is one of the oldest and richest book depositories in the world Its collection of about 17000 manuscripts includes almost all the areas of ancient and medieval armenian culture and sciences history geography grammar philosophy law medicine mathematics cosmography theory of calendar alchemy chemistry translations literature chronology art history miniature music and theatre as well as manuscripts in Arabic Persian Greek Syrian Latin Ethiopian Indian Japanese and others The Matenadaran the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts was founded in 1959 as the State depository of manuscripts The Matenadaran is named after Mesrop Mashtots the creator of Armenian Alphabet 11000 completely preserved handwritten books and more than 2000 partially preserved manuscripts are the core of the Matenadarans collection The majority of the books have precious leather covers with stamping and silver pressing Most are full of elaborate miniatures very important elements of medieval Armenian art The Matenadaran building architect Mark Grigorian has the advantageous position of being located on a hill at the end of the Mashtots Avenue It dominates the center of Yerevan This building made of basalt reflects the forms and specifics of Armenian architecture The statues of Movses

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  • Tatev Monastery | Best Travel Armenia
    known in ancient times The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there At one time Tatev was the political center of Syunik principality In the X century it had a population of 1000 and controlled numerous villages In the XIII century it owned 680 villages The main church of Poghos and Petros Peter and Paul built in 895 906 The outward appearance of the temple is severe and laconic Its harmonious proportions add to the impression of its considerable height Special attention was paid to the interior decoration of the church which was the main cathedral of Syunik principality In 930 the walls of the church were decorated with frescoes now almost totally lost In the main apse there was a representation of Christ sitting on a throne and surrounded with three prophets and four saints The western wall was taken up by an enormous fresco showing the Doomsday and northern wall be scenes of Nativity Gregory Church adjoins the main church on the southern side According to chronicle the church was built in 1295 in the place of an earlier building of 836 848 The monument Gavazan erected in 904 in the yard near the dwelling premises of the monastery is a unique work of Armenian architectural and engineering art This is an octahedral pillar built of small stones eight meters tall it is crowned with an ornamented cornice with an open work khachkar towering on it As a result of seismic tremors and even at a mere touch of human hand the pillar hinge coupled to a stylobate tilts and then returns to the initial position The square shaped church of St Astvatzatzin Holy Virgin dating back to the XI

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  • Khor Virap Monastery | Best Travel Armenia
    pilgrimage and one of the most worshipped ones in Armenia and the holy site for the Armenian Apostolic Church The monastery was erected in the 6 th 17 th centuries above the dungeon where St Gregory the Illuminator the Baptist of Armenia had been kept for the disseminating of Christianity until king Tradt decided to adopt this religion The dungeon where the holy elder was tortured used to be the king s dungeon Khor Virap deep pit The pit swarming with poisonous snakes and scorpions served as a prison According to the legend St Gregory the Illuminator stayed I that pit for 13 years The monastery is located in the close proximity to the border between Armenia and Turkey on the hill near the village of Pokr Vedi Long time ago it was the site where Artashat the ancient Armenian capital was located In 642 Catholicos Nerses built a white limestone chapel above the dungeon It looked like Zvartnots temple destroyed by the earthquake The chapel was destroyed later though The site was used for construction of the existing St Astvatsatsin church 17 th century in 1662 with the belfry on it western side The pit dungeon is still there

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  • Lake Sevan | Best Travel Armenia
    a mountain enclosed basin it drains by the Hrazdan River into the Aras River and to the Caspian Sea but most of the water of lake sevan is lost by evaporation rather than by runoff Lake Sevan is in two connected parts the smaller but deeper Maly Sevan northwest with a maximum depth of 282 ft and the Bolshoy Sevan southeast reaching 131 ft in depth The construction of six

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