Living in Armenia

by Defne
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 Republic Square – Yerevan

 Republic Square – Yerevan


Although I was not in Armenia for tourist purposes, I had the opportunity to visit Yerevan and the surrounding towns for 2-3 days. It was a very different experience for me, even in the east of Turkey.

Consisting of 12 regions, the surface area is 29,800 sq. it is possible to be located in 8 regions of Armenia within 2 days. The sights of sightseeing are mostly historic churches and monasteries. This country is usually mountainous, with the nature of the region changing. The average altitude of the country is around 1300m. If you like nature and mountains like me, you like them there. Our first place to visit was the monastery of “Khor Virap”, 50-60km from Yerevan. Standing right on the Turkish border and against the view of Mount Ararat, the monastery is not very large but impressive. Before the monastery was built, St. Gregor was punished here by the king of the time for trying to spread Christianity, but later forgiven for healing the same king, and this monastery was built for him.

After Khor Virap, we moved on to Areni. This town is the town with the most vineyards and wine syllabus in Armenia. We also had the opportunity to stop by a manufacturer and make tastings. We took a look at the historic church in Areni and continued towards the “Noravank” monastery at the top of the mountains, which we intended to go mainly to. This monastery consists of several churches and is beautifully preserved and has a beautiful view at the top of the mountains. We didn’t get far from Yerevan, which had destroyed 50 miles. When we were looking at the map, we were looking at a circle rather than the road we came from, and we found out if we could go back from the edge of Lake Sevan and we went through it (but the road was actually 200 km and it wasn’t over). We could see the “Selim Kervansaray” on the road. We read that the town of “Shatin” on the road was cute, we strayed from our booklet and the town, and with the beauty of spring, the trees everywhere were green and the trees were abundant. 4×4 vehicle 7 km off the road to reach the alleged lycian to the monastery we hit the mountainous roads so much that we climbed so much that for the first time in my life I have climbed a mountain in my life, I can say 🙂 After going about 2 miles, we decided not to go on any longer and we came back. We continued the road called Selim Pass – Selim Pass, the road climbed and we saw Selim Caravanserai near the highest point of the gate. The caravanserai, which was left unattended and neglected, was still beautiful and different. We climbed almost 2,400m and the weather got colder and the sun left the ground in the ground. For a while, we continued through the snow-covered plateau. After a while, altitude began to decline, and as we moved on, we reached the shore of Lake Sevan. We visited another historic monastery on the road, “Hairavank”. We turned to bird sanctuary and watched the lakeshore and moved on. We’re tired of this journey that takes all day and we’re back to Yerevan.

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 Khor Virap and Ar? Mount


 Noravank Monastery


Another day, we decided to go to the northerner regions of Armenia. We drove off early in the morning. Our first stop was the peninsula in Lake Sevan and the Monastery of Sevan. Although the weather was not very cute, the view was nice, the snowy mountains and spring flowers on the slopes across the lake. We moved on from here and headed towards Dilijan after a mountain pass, and suddenly the vegetation changed. This region, called the Alps of Armenia, is truly more forested and green. The monastery “Haghartsin”, which is very close to Dilijan and within the boundaries of the national park, would have been able to travel much more comfortably if it had not been for restoration work. Nevertheless, one of his churches was open, and as in other churches, there were many Armenians who came with candles and wished their wishes. It was one of the churches that offered beautiful squares for photographers for me. The sighting in the wooded and fog-covered surroundings was quite enjoyable, although it’s hard to see 10m away. Our next stop was the village of Gosh and the monastery of Goshavank. Both the village and the monastery were quite cute. When we enter the village’s alleyways to capture good views and take beautiful pictures, park our car in front of a house and climb towards the hills, a man who hangs out is a bit unsettling… After climbing a pretty hill and taking pictures, we went downand moved on.

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 Hairavank – Lake Sevan

 Sevan monastery

 Goshavank monastery


Our first plan was to go back to Yerevan the way we came from, but when we turned left on the highway and turned right and lost ourselves to the beauty of the villages and sights on the road, and when we said that we were on the right track, we were on the right track. Armenia’s Second World War. We found it in Vadanzor, known as the great city. Of course, we were a little surprised, but there was nothing to do, we’d clear our way again. (Of course, one of the reasons for these was that there were not many signs on the roads) On this occasion, we saw the village of Aparan and Aragats, the highest mountain in Armenia. In fact, if there was time left, we would have planned to see the monastery of “Garni temple” and “Geghard” not far from Yerevan, but now on the next trip. The area we plan to visit on the next trip is the town of Sissian and its surroundings in southern Armenia.


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 Khor Virap Church

 Noravank Manast?r?

 Haghartsin Manast?



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