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Armenia was a regional empire with a rich culture in the years leading up to the 1st Century CE, at one period controlling all the land between the Black and Caspian Seas.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:21 am

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1 The Republic of Armenia is one of the landlocked areas around the world, meaning that it is completely enclosed by land. The country is filled with mountain ranges and lush small forests and is positioned in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, wherein Western Asia is at crossroads with Eastern Europe. Armenia is separated into ten provinces, with the city of Yerevan as its capital.

2 The Republic of Armenia is an active member of over 40 international organizations. Some of which include the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization. Armenia is a rising democratic country, and is currently under a diplomatic process with the European Union, in which it may later become an associate member in the future. The country's government takes into account European integration as a crucial priority in its international policy as it is recognized as a European country by the European Union.

3 Armenia is an environmental friendly country and has founded a Ministry of Nature Protection and has allotted taxes for water and air pollution and solid garbage disposal, whose profits are utilized for environmental protection projects. The country's climate is distinctly continental. During summer, surroundings are dry and sunny, which lasts from June to September. The temperature during this point in time range between 22 to 36'C. At night, wind blows down the mountains and provide a refreshing and cooling feeling. Springs are considerably short while falls are somewhat long. The Autumn season is widely known for their vigorous and colorful umbrage.

4 There are various cuisines and dishes in Armenia that have been created using a combination of diverse cultures. One famous dish in Armenia is Khorovats, which is basically barbecue. The dish can be pork, lamb, beef or chicken, depending on the personal taste or preference of the customer. The dish is added flavor with onions and various spices unique to the country. Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants are also an integral part of the Khorovats. You can shop for food and cook your own dishes at Vernissage, the official marketplace for locals and travelers alike.

5 The Republic of Armenia is the first country to adopt the religion of Christianity as their main or state religion. This historical event took place way back in 301 AD. Tourists will find thousands of religious buildings, including churches and monasteries in the country.

Armenia, situated along the route of the Great Silk Road, is a landlocked country of rugged mountains and extinct volcanoes, located in the southern Caucasus, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
It is the smallest of the former Soviet republics, bounded by Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, and Turkey on the west.

Armenia was a regional empire with a rich culture in the years leading up to the 1st Century CE, at one period controlling all the land between the Black and Caspian Seas.
In 301, Armenia was the first state to formally adopt Christianity as its official state religion, twelve years before Rome. It also changed between various dynasties. But after Parthian (Iranian), Roman, Arab, Mongol and Persian occupation, Armenia had been substantially weakened. In 1454, the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Persia divided Armenia among themselves.

Fun Facts about Armenia:

Fact 1
The capital of Armenia is Yerevan which was founded 2800 years ago and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The official name is the “Republic of Armenia.”

Fact 2
Armenia became independent in 1991 with the dissolution of USSR and joined the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Fact 3
The climate of Armenia is highland continental with cold winters and hot summers. Armenia sometimes experiences spring floods due to the melting of mountain snow. The country also experiences droughts.

Fact 4
The official language is Armenian. Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its religion in the 4th century.

Fact 5
The currency is Dram.

Fact 6
The highest point in Armenia is formed by Mount Aragats (4090m) which houses a dormant volcano.

Fact 7
Armenia exports unwrought copper, pig iron, non-ferrous metals, mineral products, diamonds, energy and foodstuff. It imports natural gas, tobacco products, diamonds, foodstuff and petroleum.

Fact 8
Industries include metal-cutting machine tools, electric motors, tires, and forging-pressing machines. Armenian apricots are considered to taste better than anywhere else in the world.

Fact 9
One of the largest lakes in the world, Lake Sevan is located in the highlands of Armenia.

Fact 10
The Republic of Armenia is a Republic. People elect representatives to a parliament. The parliament makes laws which people have to follow.

Happy Arm Chair traveling

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 8:43 am
Thank you, Kit, for allowing us to travel around the world vicariously from our computers! I'm so thankful for your effort to provide views and information about countries most people will never get to see. (n, p, t)

Chycho Chycho (11)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:22 am
thanks for all the info.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:30 am
We have many Armenians living in my part of the city. I love to shop their markets because they put such a premium on freshness for produce! They've had a troubled past. Thanks, Kit!

Vallee R (280)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:14 am
Wonderful - thank - date a guy who's family was from Armenia when I was younger - he went to Yale.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:01 pm
What a scenic vibrant country. Thanks for the armchair tour Kit.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:44 pm
CA does have a sizable Armenian population--including in the Central Valley and related agriculture and a former governor, too. The reason for the large population here is a past genocide that remains controversial to some since the perpetrator is a US ally.
Thanks Kit for this mini history lesson!

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:54 pm
In case Teabaggers don't know - Armenia is NOT in South America..;)

Svetlana B (20)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:20 pm
Noted thanks for sharing

Carmen S (611)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:03 pm
very interesting, thanks Kit for sharing this

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:23 pm
Pretty country but did they have to stick the military in there?

cynthia l (207)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 6:34 pm
Amazing countryside and architecture Luv the accompanying music. Thx for a glimpse of Armenia

Laurie H (817)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:54 pm
Appreciate all the information about Armenia. Great slideshow & music!!! Thanks Kit so much for this~~~

Gloria p (304)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 3:48 am
I would add it to my list of vacations. I subscribe to a newsletter

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 4:42 am
Thanks Kit 4 this yet another wonderful tour around the globe--this time in lovely Armenia!

S S (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:33 am
Thank you.

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:08 am
A beautiful, but troubled land...
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