The Armenian Empire

According to the Bible (Genesis 8.4), Noah's Ark landed on the top of Ararat and saved mankind from the flood.

The holy Mount Ararat was and remains the most famous and popular symbol of the Armenians or Armenia.

In Armenian Highland spring the rivers Tschoroch, Kura, Tigris, Euphrates, Araks and other, between their

sources, according to the Bible (Genesis, 2 / 8-16) was the Garden of Eden, the birth of Adam and Eve.

One of the great chapters in the history of Armenia is or should be the epic of the monarchy which the Assyrians called Urartu, but which was known to the Hebrews as Ararat. Herodotus called its people Alarodians. Urartu is regarded by history today as one of the earlier incarnations of Armenia. In Urartu was manifest not only the indomitable fighting spirit of the later Armenians, but also the same tendency towards development of a higher culture. As a noted authority, H. A. B. Lynch, remarks, Urartu was "no obscure dynasty which slept secure behind the mountains, but a splendid monarchy which for more than two centuries rivalled the claims of Assyria to the dominion of the ancient world."

The Biblical Mt. Ararat
The Biblical Mt. Ararat

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Yerevan:  City, Matenadaran, Cascades

Cultural life: Opera, Museum, Gallery, Vernissage Market

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of people I met in Caucasus and on Silk Road 

Yerevan: facades, houses, dwellings, shops


Garni - Geghard

Hiking Sanahin-Haghpat

Hiking in Armenia between Sanahin and Haghpat

Akhtala Monastery and Fortress

Monastic Complex of Noravank

Harichavank, Marmachen, Kobayr

Hiking to Amberd Monastery and Fortress