Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia․ It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world and is a great place to start exploring Armenia. Wandering around Yerevan usually starts from the Republic Square where the History Museum of Armenia and National Gallery are located. Alexander Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Theatre is the next walking destination. It was founded in 1933 and is one of the wonders of Armenian Architecture. Most of the main Yerevan sightseeing places are located close to each other like Cascade Complex with Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Swan Lake, Northern Avenue, and historical Abovyan street. Yerevan is a deeply historic city and visiting Matenadaran, the repository of ancient manuscripts, the History Museum of Armenia, and the Armenian Genocide Memorial complex to learn more about the history of Armenia.
Did you know that Armenia was the first country in the world that adopted Christianity as a state religion? Today, religious monuments of Christianity can be seen everywhere throughout Armenia. Start your journey from Geghard Monastery which is a medieval monastery half-carved in the rock and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. Another pearl of medieval Armenian architecture is Tatev Monastery. It is one of the oldest and most famous monastery complexes in Armenia. The monastery can be reached by taking the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m) called Tatev Wings. The list of historical and majestic sites in Armenia continues with Echmiadzin Cathedral which is is the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Though the Cathedral was renovated many times through the centuries and some alterations were made in the 17th and 19th centuries, it retains the form of the building constructed in the 4th century..No travel around Armenia could be complete without a visit to Lake Sevan. With an altitude of 1900 meters above the sea. It is located so high up in the mountains, that when you sit on the bank it seems that the water surface is about to touch the sky.
Due to the mountainous terrain and favorable climate, Armenia is a great place for extreme sports. In recent years, it has become especially popular for paragliding and zip-lining. The places to fly in Armenia are diverse and picturesque. In summer, you can also enjoy widespread trekking and hiking. Tourists often choose to go climbing in Mount Aragats, the highest point of Armenia (4,090 meters or 13,420 feet). In winter, the country has excellent conditions for ski and snowboard lovers. The most popular ski resort in Tsaghkadzor, which has a four-speed chairlift, equipped with modern and safe technology and more than a dozen well-equipped ski slopes. In comparison to other European destinations, Armenia is a great alternative place to ski, with equipment available at affordable prices.
Armenians are fond of feasts and celebrations to socialize and enjoy tasty food. Traditional Armenian dishes include khorovats (BBQ), dolma (stuffed grape leaves, cabbage leaves, or vegetables), ghapama (pumpkin stuffed with boiled rice, dried fruits, and honey), and harissa (porridge made from coarsely-ground wheat and meat). These dishes are usually accompanied by Armenian wine and brandy. However, the two irreplaceable components of the Armenian cuisine are lavash (the traditional Armenian flatbread, which was included on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014), and one of the most beloved Armenian desserts, gata.