Armenia is a land with a mystical air that will at once capture your imagination. It has a rich and colorful history interwoven with legends and lore such as the landing Noah's Ark on mount Ararat and voyages of Marco Polo along the Silk Road. Armenia belong to the oldest civilizations of the world with the unique culture preserved thrughout the centuries.

Armenia is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus that lies at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Today the country spans 29,743 square km. It is bordered by Georgia to the north, Iran to the south, Azerbaijan to the east and Turkey to the west.

Approximately half of Armenia is mountainous and arid. One third is paste and arable land. The forestland falling under national park or state reserve designation takes 10% of the country which lies over 1000 meters above sealevel; the highest point is the noth peak of mount Araragat at 4090 meters. The Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik province in the east of Armenia is one of world's largest high altitude lakes.

Armenia is a small country, roughl the size of Belgium or Maryland. But this tiny landmass comprises a kaleidoscope of terrains with snow-covered mountain crests, fertile plains, forests, turquoise lakes, dry subtropics, semideserts alpine meadows, mountain steppe and large fields of sun-blasted stone.

Armenia offers something new for every traveler. From the Hellenistic temple of Garni and the rock-carved churches of Geghard to ancient cave dwellings, mountain monasteries, fortresses and thousands of unique khatchkars (stone crosses), Armenia's fascinating history is etched into its landscape.

Armenia adopted Christianity as its official religion in 301 AD an so it was the first nation which has adopted Christianity as a state religion. That is why Armenia is a home to countless ancient churches and monasteries. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is one of the oldest standing churches in Chrisendom. It was built in 303 AD over a pagan fire altar. This sacred landmark is protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

It is said that Armenians express their love in their kitchens and anyone who has dined in Armenia will agree. Armenian cuisine is a fusion of scents and tastes from East and West, blending fresh vegetables, meats, fish and dairy with mountain herbs. The most known armenians dishes are: lavash, dolma, khorovats, khashlama and the armenian ishkhan - the pride of the Lake Sevan.

Armenia is world renowned for its famous armenian brandy and growing selection of armenian wines. Winston Churchill was offerd Armenian brandy at the Yalta Conference 1945. He was so impressed that he asked for several cases of it to be shipped to England each year.

Armenia's strongest charm lies in the hearts of its people. The kindness and hospitality of Armenians are sure to leve a lasting impression and make your visit an unforgettable experience. Discover with Azimuth Travel this mystical country in the Caucasus and feel the warmth of an Armenian welcome!

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