Travel Guide 2022
Armenia at a glance
|Currency||Armenian Dram (AMD)|
|Neighboring countries||Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan und Turkey|
Guide to Armenia
Who does not know them – the famous questions to Radio Yerevan? And most people also know the answers: “In principle – yes…”. If Radio Yerevan had been asked at some point whether the capital of Armenia was older than the city of Rome, it would probably have answered in the old habit: “In principle – yes!”
And there is some truth in this, because on the territory of today’s metropolis, according to ancient documents, there was already a fortress called Erebuni around the year 782 BC. Several centuries later, the settlement there was conquered by Turks and finally destroyed by Persians. For a long time Armenia was occupied by Russia, before the country gained independence after the fall of the Soviet Union and the “Iron Curtain” in 1991. Thereupon a rural exodus began, which led to Yerevan becoming a city of millions. Every third Armenian lives here.
The Caucasus Mountains shape the face of this interesting country with a mountain range 180 kilometres long. Popular sights are the fortified monasteries of Haghbat and Sanahin near the town of Alaverdi. They are considered to be highlights of Armenian sacral architecture and were built in the 10th and 13th centuries. The monastery Geghard in the upper valley of Azat should also be seen during a trip to Armenia. Here a place of pilgrimage was carved into the rock.