Year Visited: 2018 – June/July
I visited Armenia during my five plus months backpacking trip through Central and Eastern Europe. After two weeks in Georgia, it was time to visit next country in the Caucasus region. I took a marshrutka from Tbilisi to Yerevan, Armenia; 280 km ride taking 8 hours.
Armenia, a former Soviet republic lying in the Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe, has a rich and ancient culture. More than 1,700 years ago in 301 AD, Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. One can find thousands of churches and monasteries in Armenia. Armenians are Apostolic Christians and have their own Catholicos (religious leader, like the Pope for Roman Catholics).
Armenia is a small, mountainous, landlocked country; mountain passes, valleys and canyons make Armenia feel much larger than it really is, and when you’re on its southern shores, Lake Sevan provides the sight of endless water.
Armenia has a relatively large external diaspora, 8 million by some estimates, greatly exceeding the 3 million population of Armenia itself, with communities existing across the globe. The largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia can be found in Russia, France, Iran, the United States, and many more countries across the world. 40,000 to 70,000 Armenians still live in Turkey even though the Ottoman empire is blamed for the Armenian Genocide, killing as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians between 1914 and 1923.
Below are some places I explored during my week-long travel to Armenia. Click on any City to view my travel photos and stories.
After a week in this beautiful country, I took an organized tour to an unrecognized country of Artsakh.