Interesting Facts You Probably Have Never Heard About Armenia!
1.The country's national symbol is MT.Ararat.
Mt. Ararat is where the biblical story of “Noah’s Ark” took place.Mt Ararat is not even within the territory of Armenia at the moment.
2.The capital city, Yerevan, is commonly believed to be named after words spoken by Noah of the ark
After the waters subsided and Noah found his ark on Mt. Ararat, he shouted “yerevats”which means “I see” referring to the land he finally saw after all of the flooding. Yerevats eventually became Yerevan.
3.Yerevan is 29 years older than Rome.
Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world, it was founded in 782 BC by King Argishti I. In 2018 Yerevan will celebrate its 2800 anniversary.
4.Armenia was the first country to have adopted Christianity as its state religion
The country was converted to Christianity back in 301AD by St Gregory Illuminator .And the first church in the world was built in Armenia.Holy Etchimiadzin was the first state church built in the world back in the early 4th century.
5.Armenian language is the continuation of Aramean language which Jesus was speaking.
And it was the eighth language in which the Bible, either in full or in part was written (following Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Gothic, and Latin). The Armenian translation, a complete one finished in A.D. 433, is considered to be the "Queen of Translations."
6.Armenia is one of the only mono ethnic countries in the world
97% of the people living in Armenia are Armenians
7.Armenia has the longest ariel tramway that is built in one section.
It takes passengers from the cit of Halidzor to the famous Tatev Monestary.Wings of Tatev is the shortest, most picturesque route to Tatev Monastery, it is the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.Twelve minutes of unforgettable flight above the ravine of the fierce Vorotan River.
8.There’s a ‘stork village’ in Armenia!
There is a stork village on the way to the Noravank Church , with a whole row of long wooden poles lined up neatly along the road and a huge stork’s nest on the top of each pole! These storks migrate to Africa every year before the winter arrives and returns when it’s spring!
9.Armenia has its own mini Stonehenge.
Karahunj or Carahunge (also known as Zorats Karer or Armenia’s Stonehenge)predates the British Stonehenge by more than 4,500 years. It is 3,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares and some carvings make this a very special site!This astronomical site is made of 203 slabs of basalt, some weighing over 50 tons and they stretch for 1/3 of a mile. At the center of the structure stands the stone circle, or henge. There are 85 stones with small holes in them pointing at different angles to the stars in the night sky and to the horizon.At Karahunj, there are hundreds of petroglyphs dated thousands of years older than the megaliths. As well as ancient petroglyphs, there are also images carved into stone of beings, that look like our modern day descriptions of “grey aliens”. It is believed to be the oldest observatory on the planet.
10.Armenia is one of the oldest wine producing country in the world .
French wine is the N1 in the world, but, Armenia is the home to the most ancient winery. During excavations in 2011, scientists concluded that Areni winery (central Armenia) is the oldest in the world – it’s over 6000 years old!
11.Armenian cognac, along with the French has the right to be called cognac instead of brandy.
Armenian cognac was Winston Churchill’s favorite alcoholic drink. Every day he drank a bottle of 50-degree Armenian brandy “Dvin”.It’s been told that when Churchill found out that the quality of the “Dvin” cognac had fallen back, he complained about that to Stalin. It was found out that Markar Setragian, the chief expert of “Dvin”had been exiled to Siberia. Immediately after Churchill’s complaint, Stalin set Markar Setragian free and restored him to his previous position.When aged Churchill was asked about the secret of his longevity ,he answered <<Never be late for dinner, smoke Hawaiian cigars and drink Armenian cognac>>.
12.Armenians bake their lavash underground in a tonir
Lavash (which is thin layer of flat chewy bread) can be kept for 1 year without turning bad.
13.The oldest shoes
In the village of Areni was discovered the oldest shoe in the world(over 5500 years. ).The shoe was of 37-th size
14.Chess is a compulsory subject in schools
All students have to take chess as a compulsory subject in school and there are exams for it!
15.Armenians are the first people (other than the Hereros) to suffer genocide in the 20th century.
"Go ahead, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers today the Armenian Genocide?" - asked Adolf Hitler planning the Holocaust. The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century, occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres between 1915-1918.About 1,500.00 Armenians were violently killed. Armenian Genocide is recognized and condemned by 26 countries.