Spring Water

While in many countries visitors and even the citizens have to buy bottled water, in Armenia tap water is a safe option and even tastes good, which is unusual for foreigners. Armenia is also famous for its public drinking water fountains especially common for Gyumri and Yerevan, the two largest cities of Armenia, which are…

Wings of Tatev

Wings of Tatev is a 5.7 km cableway between Halidzor village and Tatev Monastery in the South of Armenia. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in only one section and holds the record for the “Longest non-stop double track cable car”. Construction was finished on 16 October 2010. The link allows year-round access…

Wrestling

Wrestling has deep historical roots in Armenia. Wrestling existed in the Armenian Highlands since ancient times. Armenians have their own variant of the game called Kokh. It was recorded that King Tiridates III of Armenia won the Ancient Olympic Games in wrestling in 281 AD. During the Soviet era, wrestling became one of the most…

2800 Year Old City

Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In 2018 the 2800th anniversary of the foundation of the capital city of Erebuni-Yerevan will be celebrated with events, live music, dance performances and other cultural activities all around the city. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with…

Earthquake

The massive earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am was epicentered in Spitak, taking at least 25,000 lives. Measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale, the many poorly constructed Soviet buildings across the region sustained heavy damage or collapsed. The small city of Spitak was destroyed, while the nearby cities of Leninakan (later…

Dance

Having a thousand-year history, Armenian national dance art derives its origin from a pre-Christian period-time. On the whole, the Armenian dance art has long been one of the most revealing expressions of its character and aesthetic thinking as well as highlights its national idiosyncrasy, inner world and attitude towards nature and life at large. Stemming…

Genocide

The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community…

Diaspora

The Armenian diaspora refers to the communities of Armenians outside the Republic of Armenia and other locations where Armenians are considered an indigenous population. Since antiquity, Armenians have established communities in many regions throughout the world. However, the modern Armenian diaspora was largely formed as a result of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, when the…

First Christian Nation

The Armenian Apostolic Church is the earliest centre of Christianity, since Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Yet the evangelization of Armenia was done much earlier in the 1st century BC by two of Christ’s disciples Bartholomew and Thaddeus, that’s why the Armenian Church is called…

Chess

Chess has been played in Armenia since the early Middle Ages; however, it was institutionalized during the early Soviet period. Highly popular in Armenia today, chess gained widespread recognition during the 1960s, when Soviet Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian became the World Chess Champion. A country of about three million people, Armenia is considered one of…