Gerghard Monastery
 
Armenia
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Facts
Area:
29,800 km²
Population:
3,640,000 (1997)
Capital:
Yerevan
Languages:
Armenian, Russian
Religions:
Armenian Apostolic Church
Currency:
1 dram = 100 lumas

 

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Our Thoughts

Armenia spent most of the 20th century as the Soviet Union's finger stuck into the eye of the Middle East. It's still trying to work things out with Muslim neighbors, most notably Azerbaijan, and these conflicts have strained an already weak economy. Keep your tent and sleeping bag handy.

We used Yerevan, Armenia's capital and one of the world's oldest settlements, as our base for daytrips around the country. Yerevan offers cheap prices, decent food, and many museums that display artifacts from Armenia's long history as a cradle of early civilization. Most attractions outside of Yerevan are religious: variations of the 'ancient-monastery-on-a-hill' theme. You'll learn enough about the Armenian Orthodox Church to last a lifetime.

Highlight: See how Armenia's Christianity thrives at the doorstep of Islamic neighbors.

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Itinerary
Trip 2002
November 30 Enter Armenian from Georgia
December 1-5 Explore Yerevan - Echmiadzin, Garni and Geghard
December 6 Travel to Georgia
Highlights

 

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