Armenia has now become the hub for Filipinos who want to exit and get another visa from the UAE. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion and thus its appeal to Philippine citizens because of the similar religious heritage that these countries have. It is therefore tantamount that Armenia is also home to many amazing churches and monasteries.
Listed below are the places to visit in Armenia:
1. Geghard Monastery
Geghard means “spear” in English. It is a monastery located in the province of Kotayk and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery was founded by Gregory the Illuminator in the 4th century.
2. Noravank Monastery
In English, Noravank means “new monastery”. The monastery is situated in the town of Yeghegnadzor. This destination is popular for its two-story church which grants the access to the second floor through a narrow staircase. It was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes.
3. Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort
A ski resort in the province of Kotayk in Armenia. Skiing season normally occurs from December to April. It is also nice to visit this site during the spring season while the flowers are in bloom.
4. Arch of Charents
The Arch of Charents is a popular tourist destination as this is the gateway to see the famous Mt. Ararat.
5. Temple of Garni
It is believed to be the only Pagan Temple built by King Tiridates I in Armenia. This place symbolizes Christianity in Armenia. It is located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Azhat River. The temple collapsed during an earthquake in 1679 and was reconstructed in the year 1975.
6. Tatev Monastery
Tatev is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev Village. Going to Tatev Monastery you need to take the “wings of Tatev” – a cable car from Halidzor village to Tatev. You need to pay AMD 3,500/ DHS 28 for a round-trip ticket.
7. Kecharis Monastery
It is located just across the Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort. Armenia is home to beautiful monasteries and churches. No wonder they have around 4,000+ in the whole country! Kecharis is one of the religious centers of Armenia.
8. Saint John the Baptist Church
Also known as the Surp Hovhannes Mktrich in Armenia – it is still active up to these days. In 1710 the church was ruined by an earthquake but reconstructed in 1980’s and was finished in 2015.
9. Lake Sevan
It is the largest freshwater lake in Armenia. This lake is where the people of Armenia catch their fishes and seafood.
Sevan originated from the Urartian word su(i)n(i)a, usually translated as “lake”. – (Wikipedia).
10. Khor Virap Monastery
Khor means “deep dungeon” and virap means “bottommost pit” in English, respectively. It is located in Ararat near the border of Turkey. This monastery was famous for Gregory the Illuminator. He was imprisoned here by King Tiridates III for 14 long years.
11. Republic Square
In the Armenian language, it is called Hraparak. This is where you can find the History Museum, National Gallery and a lot more. This is the highlight of Yerevan’s architecture.
12. Ararat Winery
Nope, we didn’t go to the touristy winery, instead, we went to a family-owned. We got to taste 10 kinds of wine and learned about the processing of wine, and there’s also a free wi-fi. Really, there was a lot of wine which you can taste from the newest to the oldest age, from the sweetest to the blandest.