Armenia is formerly part of the United Soviet Socialist Republics, before it was abolished in 1991. Located in between Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Armenia, just like Turkey, can be considered as a mixing bowl of both European and Asian cultures. It is surrounded by other countries like Azerbaijan and Georgia. The old Kingdom of Armenia (before it became a democratic state) is known as the world’s first ever state to adopt Christianity as its religion.
Yerevan is the political, cultural and economic capital of Armenia. It is also the largest city in the country, and is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, owing to Armenia’s old history. If you are on vacation in Armenia, Yerevan is one of those places that you shouldn’t miss. Book a car rental in Armenia and head on over to Yerevan to visit the Cafesjian Museum of Art to learn more about Armenian art and culture. It opened in 2009, and since then has been one of the most visited places in Yerevan. It is located in the Cascade. With its unique architecture and amazing collections, every minute spent in the museum is like going back in Armenian history. After a trip to the museum, make sure to visit other landmarks and tourist spots in Yerevan.
The Armenian province of Ararat takes its name from the famous mountain, Mount Ararat. Located just beside Yerevan, it would only take a few hours if you hire a car in Armenia and head on over to the next province. One of the places that you shouldn’t miss in Ararat is the Khor Virap Monastery, which is located near Mount Ararat. What makes the monastery special is the fact that it was the first home of the Armenian Catholics and the place where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years. If you are interested in monasteries, architecture, or is just plain curious, the Khor Virap monastery is a place to visit.
Shirak is another Armenian province. Its topography consist of mountain meadow, high alpine and semi-desert. It has rich agricultural lands, depending on the season. But the thing that you should go to Shirak for is its khash, a dish that is popular in Armenia as well as in neighboring countries, but is believed to have originated in Shirak. Khash is primarily cow’s feet boiled in water all night long, until such as a point that the broth becomes thick. Condiments such as salt, pepper and others can be added depending on the preference of those who will eat. It is usually served along with other food, and is accompanied with vodka. It is a popular dish during winter and colder months. Book for car for hire in Armenia and head on over to Shirak for a wonderful dish of khash.
Armenia is such a wonderful place that you won’t run out of places to visit, and dishes to discover. A vacation in Armenia is like going on vacation to both Asia and Europe, as you’ll find traces of Europe and Asia in the unique Armenian culture. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a discovery-filled vacation.
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