Armenia lies in an area between the Black and Caspian seas, in the region known as the Caucasus. This land has been the home of civilization since civilization began. Many argue that Armenia fits the legendary location of the Garden of Eden, and travelers from ancient times to this day give testimony that Noah’s Ark still rests on Mt. Ararat, the heart of Armenia.
The historical events of the last one hundred years have thus resulted in a pattern whereby new Armenian immigrants have rejuvenated older Diasporas by reviving their Armenian identity. At present Armenians, together with the Jews, are the only significant nationality/religious group which have more members living in the Diaspora than in their own country. It is estimated that out of the more than seven million Armenians in the world barely over three million live in the Armenian republic. Armenians are to be found in almost every country of the globe.
Armenia is depicted on the oldest map of the world (6th century BC) along with Babylon and Assyria. The country is home for numerous prehistorical monuments (caves, oldest astronomical maps) as well as antique pieces. Armenia’s unique nature, abundant cultural heritage, authentic cuisine and hospitality make it so unique and rich. Here are some other facts about Armenia:
- Chess is a compulsory subject in primary school curriculum of Armenia, along with such standards as maths and history.
- Armenia was the first country to have adopted Christianity as its state religion. It is a home for over 4000 historical churches and monasteries.
- Armenia is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. It is attributed to its blessed location of being on the fertile valleys of Mount Ararat where high quality grapes grow.
- The capital and largest city of Armenia, Yerevan is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The city is 29 years older than Rome, is the same age as Babylon and the Assyrian city of Nineveh, but unlike the latter, has become a prosperous city now.
- Armenian bread is in the list of UNESCO world Heritage. The List of Intangible Heritage Site also includes: playing duduk, the skill of creating Armenian khachkars – stone crosses and medieval Armenian epic “David of Sasun”.There are 9 cultural sites on the territory of Armenia, also under the protection of UNESCO.