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Although small, Armenia has is packed with lots of character and little know hidden gems. Their recent history has been difficult, and relations with Turkey are still a little “frayed”… exploring today you find a great mix of medieval treasures and less about the last hundred years.
The people are warm and welcoming, with a countryside full of amazing beauty. With tourist numbers pretty low, it”s a great reason to take in Armenia before the rest of the world catches on.
Armenia’s history takes on a pretty serious role here… Christianity arrived here in the beginning of the 4th century, which makes it the oldest Christian nation. Centuries old monasteries dot the Lori region, along with the amazing Museum of Ancient Manuscripts.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Armenia has brought back old traditions, while moving forward in todays new world. The capital Yerevan, has seen a lot of investment, with a great modern art scene… and on clear days you can see Mount Ararat across the border.
The love of cafe culture here is strong, as one sits with friends lingering for hours, with great conversation.