Oguz Kaan Kısa · Feb. 7, 2021
Armenia, after gaining its independence, quickly overcame the problems it faced as a young state and became a country that attracts more and more visitors every day.
Armenia is the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion, but after this acceptance the country was never governed by religion. Land of Monasteries Armenia!
Since it is the first Christian country, it is possible to see the oldest monasteries, so there are well-preserved monasteries in the country, most of which belong to the 4th and 6th centuries, the most important of which are Echmiazdin, Hripsime, Gayane, Tatev Monastery.
Yerevan, the capital of modern Armenia, was founded 29 years before Rome, in 782 BC. Yerevan celebrated its 2800th birthday in 2018. The number of cities in the world whose foundation date is known for sure is very few. It is precisely known that Yerevan was founded in 782 BC because of the fact that this date was recorded with an inscription. In this inscription written in cuneiform script, "I am the king Argishti, son of Menua, I founded this city", the date is also stated.
This mountain, which is sacred to Armenians, is also the most important symbol of the Ancient Homeland for them. Ararat (also known as Masis) has acquired a sacred feature, as it is told in the Genesis Book that Noah's Ark was stranded on Mount Ararat.
The Blue Mosque in Yerevan! This building, which is called the Blue Mosque due to its blue dome, is one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in the Caucasus geography, also known as the Central Mosque of Muslims in Armenia. The Blue Mosque, built in Yerevan by Hüseyin Ali Han in 1766 during the reign of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah, covers an area of 7 thousand square meters with 4 minarets of 24 meters and a large courtyard with 28 rooms. The Blue Mosque, a Shiite mosque, is used by the Iranian Muslim community today.
The Armenian population living abroad is more than those living in Armenia. The children of Armenians who lost their lives during the deportation of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 were distributed around the world. According to official data, the population of Armenia is 3 million, and it is known that 7-8 million Armenians live outside Armenia. Russia, USA and France are the leading countries with a large Armenian population.
Chess has become a compulsory subject in schools since 2011, from the first grade. Armenians continued their success in Chess, which they have played fondly since the Middle Ages, during the USSR period and after gaining independence. The male and female Armenian chess players we know from the world championships are the pride of Armenia.
Pink City! Did you know that the city is called the Pink City because of Pink tuff, a volcanic stone that is widely used in Yerevan city architecture?
We think very few of you know that Churchill, who liked the Armenian cognacs, which was the gift of Joseph Stalin, during the Yalta Conference, during World War II, continually brought cognac from Armenia.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the 5572 m long cable car is the longest non-stop cable car in the world. Be sure to see this cable car connecting Halizor village and Tatev Cathedral and enjoy the view of the Vorotan river.