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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

12 interesting facts about Armenia

Armenia is an amazing country for tourists. Visited, every time they discover something new, incredible and very interesting. Experts in tourism guide Sunrise Odyssey visited Armenia and found 12 interesting facts about our country.
1. Chess is a compulsory subject in schools
Interesting , right? All students are in school as a compulsory subject – chess, for which even exams. The photo shows the famous
he photo shows the famous House of Chess after Tigran Petrosian, which held many chess tournament.
2. Armenia is the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion
97% of Armenia's population are Christians and most beautiful churches of the world are in Armenia. The country was converted to Christianity in 301 by Gregory the Illuminator ( Grigor Lusavorich) and since then built many Armenian churches are named after him. In Armenia there are many beautiful churches that we have compiled a special list of the 10 most beautiful that you want to visit.
3. Armenia is one of the few mono-ethnic countries in the world
97% of the population of Armenia are Armenians. A small percentage of the country are the Yezidis, Russians, Ukrainians, Kurds, etc.
4. The world's first Church built in Armenia
Cathedral of Echmiadzin was the first official Church built in the 4th century. This place is the headquarters of all Armenian churches in the world, and also one of the most visited places for pilgrimage.
5. About 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the genocide
Genocide refers to mass killings of Armenians that began in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. This year, on April 24 this event is 100 years old. The genocide Museum was closed for restoration for a year and opened only two days before the centennial. About 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered . The genocide took place in three phases: the first was drafted into the army and killed the Armenian men ( the population is left without men and there was no one to protect), at the second stage, killed women, children and the elderly, and the third – representatives of the Armenian intelligentsia.
6. Armenia is one of the oldest wine countries of the world
Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world, where they began to produce wine. This is due to its blessed location on the fertile valleys of mount Ararat, which is grown high quality fruit of the grape .
7. The only country that bakes the lavash in the tonir underground
Tint is an underground oven, is shown in the photo below. Armenians love lavash , a thin bread made in tonirfrom flour, salt and water. Pita bread can be stored up to one year and do not deteriorate. Local women bake the lavash with the stock for a few months. Armenians cannot imagine any dish without the bread (they even rice to eat with the bread).
8. The entire country worships mount Ararat – symbol of Armenia
According to our guide, mount Ararat Armenians saved from the devastating earthquake. Still, Armenians claim that at the top of mount Ararat has been found the ark of Noah. But, unfortunately, today, Ararat is not in Armenia (Turkey – ed.).
9. Apricot is one of the symbols of Armenia
The flag on the right is the Armenian flag. The orange color of the flag symbolizes the Armenian apricot . Here the importance of this fruit for Armenians. On the market you will find apricots of all kinds – fresh, dried apricots, apricot juice and everything you can imagine made from it.
10. Yerevan called the "pink city"
Yerevan is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. Buildings in the city built of natural stone in various shades of pink ( tuff – ed), which gives the city a magical look.
11. "Village of storks" in Armenia
This village is located on the road to Noravank monastery . On the tops of wooden posts, built along the same line, are the nests of storks. And on each seat is a large stork. It's just amazing. These storks every year before winter they migrate to Africa, and by the spring back home.
12. In Armenia there is no discrimination between tourists and local
We loved the fact that in Armenia there is no discrimination between locals and tourists. Prices for tourists and locals in Armenia are the same, unlike some other countries, where in order to see the sights a tourist has to pay 10 times the price. Pretty amazing is the fact that the Church in Armenia is free. In Armenia only some places such as Garni temple , for example, require a small payment to enter.

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