Armenia is getting more and more popular among tourists, especially now that the country has become more accessible. Thanks to the low-cost airlines offering flights to Yerevan, the capital city, and Gyumri (second largest city) traveling to Armenia is so much easier and cheaper.
If you are still wondering if it’s worth to visit Armenia I put together this photo gallery with pictures of Armenia to show you that yes, it is.
I know that pictures are often worth more than words and often I see myself booking tickets to a new destination after seeing some beautiful photos from there. Hopefully, these Armenia pictures that I took during my many visits to the country will help you decide and you will plan a trip to Armenia soon too!
What to see in Armenia
I’ve been visiting Armenia frequently since 2012, I’m there at least once a year. While I’m usually just hanging out in the capital as there are so many amazing things to do in Yerevan that I’m never bored there, the country offers so much to every tourist.
Besides delicious food and drinks (did you know that Armenia is the oldest wine-making country in the world?) and friendly and hospitable people, you can be sure to find in Armenia some amazing monuments and incredible landscapes.
It might not be as spectacular as neighboring Georgia but it surely is impressive and more than once you will find your breath taken away with the beauty around you.
Armenia is the first country in the world with Christianity as the state religion, since the year 301. This is why you will find some amazing and centuries-old monasteries all over the country, some of them dating back even to the 4th century! My personal favorite ones are Haghpat and Sanahin in the north and Noravank, south of Yerevan.
Some of the monasteries are located in really beautiful places, like on the shore of impressive Lake Sevan (one of the highest located lakes in the world, at the altitude of around 1.900 meters above the sea level) or above the canyon with unreal pink and red rocks around.
To reach one of the most famous monasteries – Tatev – you need to take the longest cable car in the world – it’s almost 6 kilometers long and the journey takes around 11 minutes.
You will find some spectacular landscapes not only near the monasteries. The highest mountain in Armenia, Mount Aragats, can be found not far from Yerevan, the capital. It is actually massif with four peaks and the highest point at 4 090 meters above the sea level.
But the most famous Armenian mountain is Ararat – the iconic places where, according to the legends, Noah’s Ark has rested. Ararat is in Turkey now but you still get the best views of the iconic mountain from Armenia, especially on a sunny day in Yerevan or when you travel by train from the capital to Gyumri.
The monastery Khor Virap is located just across the border from Ararat and the view of the small monastery and the massive mountain in the background are among the most popular Armenia photos.
The landscape in the south of Armenia is a bit different than what you can see near Yerevan. It is more harsh, with numerous rock formations, such as Khndzoresk village near Goris. Be sure to include this part of the country in your Armenia itinerary too!
And don’t forget about the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Many people expect Yerevan to be similar to Tbilisi, Georgia but it is completely different.
The architecture is mainly from the 20th century, with most of the buildings made of the pink volcanic rock – tuff. That’s why you will often hear Yerevan being called “the pink city”.
While there might be not so many monuments Yerevan will keep you busy for at least two days with so many things to do: museums, cafes, parks, and the amazing vibrant atmosphere.
Pictures of Armenia
But since this article was supposed to be about Armenian pictures let me show you some photos from Armenia so you can see this is a really beautiful country to visit!
I have already written many posts about Armenia so you might find them useful when planning your trip to Armenia. Here are some of them (each link will open in a new window):
- 18 Amazing Places to Visit in Armenia
- 31 Amazing Things to Do in Yerevan, Armenia
- Yerevan travel tips – all you need to know about visiting Yerevan, Armenia
- How to get from Tbilisi to Yerevan (or Yerevan to Tbilisi) – a complete guide
- Guide to Yerevan Soviet architecture
- The best hotels in Yerevan – luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation
- and many more!
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