Armenia never stops surprising. The beautiful landscapes that follow you everywhere in the country are considered to be Armenian physical features of state history and nature. If you visit Armenia, make sure you don’t miss the extraordinary views of the Armenian landscape.
Have you ever asked the question, “Is Armenia in Asia?” Actually, Armenia is situated in the crossroad of Europe and Asia. The country may be considered partially Asian and partially European. Armenia has a unique tradition, both from Europe and Asia.
Due to the Armenian geography, the country is a perfect choice for you in every season of the year. However, there are some unique pieces of Armenian beauty you shouldn’t miss. If you want to recognize beautiful Armenia, you are in the right place. We’ll discover the beautiful Armenian places together.
Armenian Landscape #1 Khor Virap
This ancient church is located in a small hill in the Ararat valley, in the Ararat Region. Khor Virap is the church where Saint Gregory The Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years. The underground chamber, where the Saint was held, is still existing there, and you may explore it.
The landscape around the church is an extraordinary expression of the Armenian beauty. The view is really symbolic. And although you may think it’s an exaggeration, I make you sure it isn’t. In the distance, you may see the Armenian symbolic mountain Ararat - the biblical mount where Noah’s ark landed on.
Although the mount is far away, it seems so near, especially in clear weather. And do you know why? Because the mountain is in the heart of the Armenian nation.
Armenian Landscape #2 Garni Canyon
The Garni Canyon lies in the bank of the Azat (or Garni) river, approximately 30km far from the capital city - Yerevan. This is a natural landscape that has a history of millions of years. It’s situated in the Kotayk Region.
The fantastic thing not to miss here is the Symphony of The Stones. These are wonderful rocks and cliffs that make the view more attractive. People in Armenia believe that the gorge is formed after a volcanic eruption.
You are highly recommended to organize a trip to this fantastic canyon and take the pleasure of the Armenian beauty nature. You may also include some stops on your trip to the Temple of Garni and the beautiful Monastery of Geghard.
Armenian Landscape #3 Sevan Peninsula
The most attractive and most visited place in Sevan is the Savan Peninsula. It’s a very beautiful place. You may enjoy the breathtaking view of the blue water and clear sky where you can see many birds flying and singing.
The Sevan Peninsula has become a place of pilgrimage. There is a beautiful church Sevanavank - a small monastery with great historical and cultural value.
Armenian Landscape #4 Old Khndzoresk
Old Khndzoresk is an ancient human-made village in the Syunik Region. It’s a cave village situated in the heart of the mountains of Armenia. If you are fond of natural landscapes, then this is a must-visit place for you.
The name of the village “Khndzoresk” comes from the Armenian words “Khor dzor” (Խոր ձոր) which means “A Deep Gorge”. The Old Khndzoresk village also has a sister village called New Khndzoresk. Both are connected with a long bridge called the Swinging Bridge of Khndzoresk.
This is a handmade bridge built by the native people of Syunik. Some people think it’s dangerous, but if you are an extreme lover who wants to get an adrenaline supply, take a step on this fantastic bridge. Surely, you’ll have a great experience.
Not far from the Khndzoresk village, the Monastery of Tatev is situated in the untouched nature. You may also lengthen your trip and devote some time to investigate the beauty of Armenia through the longest ropeway in the world - The Wings of Tatev.
Armenian Landscape #5 Debed Canyon
Probably, you have already guessed that Armenia is a country of canyons, deep gorges, and high mountains. Debed Canyon lies along the Debed River (one of the well-known rivers in Armenia) in the Lori Province.
The canyon covers a lot of historical and cultural values. There are some churches, chapels, ancient fortresses, and cross-stones (khachkars) in almost every village along the river. Here you may visit two different churches: Sanahin and Haghpat.
At first, you may think that these two monasteries seem similar. However, each of them has unique architecture and charm. Yet, both are included in the world heritage.
Surely, you like Armenian landscapes. Many of these places are also attractive nighttime landscapes.
The interesting fact about them is that there is no landscape in Armenia, which doesn’t include any cultural or historical monument. Armenian landscapes are beautiful yet valuable.
Published November 21, 2019
Article by Vera Mirzoyan