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Armenia

Armenia

Etymology

The name has traditionally been derived from Hayk (Հայկ), the legendary patriarch of the Armenians and a great-great-grandson of Noah, who, according to the 5th-century AD author Moses of Chorene, defeated the Babylonian king Bel in 2492 BC and established his nation in the Ararat region. The further origin of the name is uncertain. It is also further postulated that the name Hay comes from one of the two confederated, Hittite vassal states—the Ḫayaša-Azzi (1600–1200 BC). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Armenia – Yerevan Mission – A Facebook group for those who served, are serving, or are preparing to serve an LDS mission in the Armenia – Yerevan Mission, as well as their friends and family. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

ArmenianMatch – ArmenianMatch is a free dating site serving single Armenian men and single Armenian women worldwide. We provide a global network where Armenian singles find friendship, romance and life-long partners. [armenianmatch]

HyeSingles – Welcome to the most popular Armenian singles sites on the web. This Hye dating community helps Armenian and Hye singles like yourself meet your Armo soul mate. [hyesingles]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Juva Tours – Juva Tour is a specialized inbound tour operator, born in 2013. [juva tours]

L & I Tour – is an air ticket and travel company in Armenia based on incoming and outgoing tourism. We provide high quality services and organize unique and interesting tours and excursions. [l & i tour]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Amberd Fortress – Dating back to the seventh century, Amberd Fortress is one of the most stunning places to visit in Armenia. Formerly among the Armenian Kingdom’s primary military-defensive points, the fortress can be reached in about an hour from the capital city Yerevan. However, snowfall can make the fortress inaccessible during the winter months, with the weather usually improving by late May. [the crazy tourist]

Dilijan national park – Armenia has four national parks and Dilijan national park may be the most beautiful of the lovely quartet. The park, which was only established in 2002, is famous for its medicinal mineral water springs, as well as its natural monuments. [the crazy tourist]

Dvin – Our final selection for the best places to visit in Armenia is Dvin, one of the country’s oldest cities – in fact, it was the capital of Armenia in medieval times. A sixth century BC fortress was also once situated in Dvin, according to Unesco, while incredible artefacts are regularly found in this part of Armenia. More modern sights can also be enjoyed in the city, such as the St. Harutyun Church in Dvin, which was built in 2000. [the crazy tourist]

Gyumri – The second largest city in Armenia, Gyumri is well worth a visit for anyone heading to the country for the first time. Perhaps the best place from which to enjoy the sights of Gyumri is from the Black Fortress on the hill that overlooks the city, while the massive Mother Armenia statue can also be found nearby. [the crazy tourist]

Karahunj Observatory – Often referred to internationally as Armenia’s version of Britain’s Stonehenge, Karahunj is one of the most fascinating places to visit during a break in Armenia. Located close to the city of Sisian in the Syunik province, Karahunj is made up of well over 200 massive stone tombs, while the main area sees 40 stones standing in a circular formation, supposedly built in honour of the Armenian main God, Ari, named after the Sun. [the crazy tourist]

Khor Virap – Views of Mount Ararat can be enjoyed from all over Armenia, but perhaps the best scenery of the mountain can be found from the Khor Virap monastery, which is definitely also worth visiting in its own right. This location is one of the most important historic sites in Armenia’s history as it was where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 14 years before he cured King Trdat III of his disease. The King then converted to Christianity, paving the way for Armenia’s religious future. [the crazy tourist]

Lake Arpi – While Lake Sevan can be extremely crowded during the peak tourist season, Lake Arpi has a much more relaxed feel. Used for irrigation and hydropower production, Lake Arpi is also the source of the Akhurian River. In 2009 a new park was established around the lake to protect the natural environment, with around 100 species of birds known to live in the area. Lake Arpi also hosts rich flora and fauna and is a Ramsar Convention protected site. [the crazy tourist]

Lake Sevan – Lake Sevan, found in the heart of Armenia, is the country’s largest lake and a beautiful place to visit during a break in the country. The lake is surrounded by some stunning monasteries – the most impressive of them being arguably the Sevanavank Monastery – providing a glorious scenic backdrop to a relaxing trip. [the crazy tourist]

Mount Aragats – Mount Aragats is one of Armenia’s most stunning natural sights, with the dormant volcano located in the north of the country. It is Armenia’s highest peak and there is a lot of rock art to be enjoyed around its base, with paintings of animals and human-like figures dating back hundreds of years. Snow covers the peak almost all year-round but Mount Aragats can be climbed, with July, August and September the best times of the year to attempt the hike. [the crazy tourist]

Noravank – Monasteries are one of Armenia’s defining characteristics and the example at Noravank is one of the most beautiful in the whole country. Sheer brick-red cliffs shield the monastery, which was built in the 13th century. [the crazy tourist]

Shikahogh State Reserve – The second largest forest reserve in Armenia, Shikahogh State Reserve is so unspoiled that large parts of it remains unexplored to this day. The forest is believed to be home to animals including leopards, bears, wild goats and vipers and it is also thought that Shikahogh State Reserve has about 1,100 species of plants, although its fauna has not yet been fully explored. [the crazy tourist]

Tsaghkadzor – Armenia’s mountainous scenery makes it ideal for winter sports and the country’s best ski resort can be found at Tsaghkadzor in the heart of the country. Ski lifts are paid for by the ride and are among the most affordable in Europe. Tsaghkadzor boasts some of the finest hotels in the country, while the resort also has one of the nation’s biggest entertainment centers in the form of the Senator Royale casino complex. [the crazy tourist]

Upper Azat Valley – The Upper Azat Valley is one of Armenia’s World Heritage Sites, partly due to the incredible Geghard Monastery for which the region is most famous. The main chapel was built 800 years ago but the history of the monastery goes all the way back to the fourth century, when it was founded by Gregory the Illuminator. [the crazy tourist]

Vanadzor – Armenia’s third major city is Vanadzor, which is located in the north of the country. Vanadzor is an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful Lori region, which is certainly one of the best places to visit in Armenia. The Vanadzor Botanical Garden is one of the finest tourist attractions in the city, while visitors should also consider checking out the Vanadzor fine art museum. [the crazy tourist]

Yerevan – By far the largest city in Armenia, the capital Yerevan is a great place to start for anyone wishing to explore Armenia. The city is home to the grand Republic Square, while climbing the Cascade to see the city’s monument to Soviet victory in the Second World War is a must. Yerevan is a deeply historic city and visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial is a must to learn more about the nation’s troubled past. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Barbecue Festival – Of course, barbecue is a meat dish known everywhere; however Armenians have their own special recipe and call it “horovats”. In Armenia, only men are involved in the process of barbecue preparation. They buy all the necessary products beforehand and then prepare special marinade for meat. Another national peculiarity is a vegetable side dish prepared from tomatoes, eggplants, and green pepper which are roasted on the fire and then served with meat. [arara tour]

Carpet Festival – Armenian carpets have an old history and are famous not only within their native land but also abroad. Carpet festival presents a great opportunity for masters to demonstrate their works and for clients to get acquainted with this amazing craft and even buy the most beautiful exemplars. The event takes place every year (every 2-nd Saturday of August) in a cozy and picturesque town Dilijan (100 km from Yerevan). In addition to the carpet exhibition, guests will also get acquainted with other works of applied art. [arara tour]

Festival of honey and berries – Festival of honey and berries is organized annually on 18 August in Shamshadin region, which is considered the center of honey making. Every year about 3000 participants take part in this interesting event. Both different kind of honey and various local berries are demonstrated here. And it is also important to note that the festival is not limited by the demonstration of honey, there is also provided a great opportunity to get acquainted with various kinds of arts and crafts. [arara tour]

Festival of national costumes – This colorful festival will acquaint you with the national costumes of 15 areas of the Great Hayk (part of Armenia before the separation). Interesting program with dances, songs, and puppet shows will be organized for guests, and everyone will be able to purchase various works of Armenian masters of applied art. By visiting this festival, you will plunge into a colorful traditional atmosphere, meet interesting customs and get a feeling for the Armenian hospitality. [arara tour]

Festival of sheep shearing – On the 3d of May, the new annual festival for live show lovers was launched in Armenia. The key of the program is a competition of sheep shearing, in which all the inhabitants of Alidzor village take part. The most interesting is the fact that the shearing is done with old scissors Аfter the shearing, the wool is immediately transferred to skilled women who at an amazing speed make thread for carpet weaving. The guests of the festivals will be able to taste various national sweets, purchase souvenirs and have a good time. [arara tour]

Tolma festival – Tolma is considered one of the most delicious national dishes of Armenia. It is prepared from minced meat, which is wrapped in grape leaves and is served with the sauce made of the fermented product “matsun” and garlic. The annual festival of dolma in Armenia is a great opportunity to get acquainted with this delicious meat dish. The festival is held on May 16 in Armavir region, near the memorial complex “Sardarapat”. During it Armenian cooks prepare different types of tolma and compete for the main prize. [arara tour]

Wine festival – Wine-making in Armenia has very ancient history. This fact is proved by the recent archeological excavation in the caves of Areni village, where the oldest winery in the world was found. And it is here in Areni village where every year from 2 to 3 October the wine festival takes place. This colorful event is accompanied by the vivid parade of the best winemakers of Armenia and song and dances. [arara tour]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxi – Taxis are cheap and plentiful, and range from well-loved Ladas to late-model Benzes. There are two types: street taxis and telephone or call taxis. [lonely planet]

Yerevan Metro – is clean, safe and efficient. It runs north–south through the city, stopping at these underground stations: Barekamutyun, Marshall Baghramyan, Yeritasardakan, Republic Square (Hanrapetutyan Hraparak), Zoravar Andranik near Surp Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral/Rossiya Mall and Sasuntsi Davit at the Yerevan train station. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Programming in Yerevan – Welcome one and welcome all! Our group is about building a coherent, self-sustaining and professional tech community in Yerevan, to build a community of 1st tier excellence. [meetup]

Yerevan R User Group – Meetup for R professionals and those who want to master it. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Armenia – Bari galu’st, and welcome to Armenia! The InterNations network is here to help you to get the best out of your new life in this majestic Eurasian nation. Many expats living and working in Armenia have used our platform to make connections (both online and face-to-face), trade advice and recommendations and find the answers to a host of important questions, such as the best districts to find property in Yerevan, the availability of healthcare and international schools, and what to expect from Armenian business customs. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

PINK Armenia – We started our activities in 2007. It was an initiative of a group of young and enthusiastic people to create an organization which would encourage safe sexual relations and foster human rights protection. [pink armenia]

Resources

Resources

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