Noah's Route, Your Route
Human beings have inhabited the Armenian Plateau and Caucasus Region since over 100,000 years ago. Little is known of them, however, drawings in caves and on rocks attest to their existence. The area, situated between some of the Old World's major water ways, is generally considered the cradle of civilization. Additionally, the Bible records that Noah's Ark came to rest on Historic Armenia's Mt. Ararat,  and there are many references of his descent from the mountain after the Great Flood.

Archeological and historical facts point to the development of civilization in the region with the formation of the Urartu kingdom around 980 BC. Various Urartu rulers built capitals in the area, such as around Lake Van in the thirteenth century BC and that built by Argishti I in 782 BC, the ruins of which are preserved today in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. The first mention of Armenians in historical writings is found in inscriptions at Behistun, near the city of Kermanshah in modern-day Iran, which date to 600 BC.

Noah's Route, Your Route
Who are Armenians? Are they Europeans' ancestors, who, as a result of formation and migration of peoples, found themselves in Asia? Or are they Asians who have enjoyed the fruits of European and world civilization since ancient times? Who are Armenians? They are people who settled in a vast territory stretching from the rivers Tigris and Euphrates to the Arax and Kur (with a total area of 400 000 km2, an average altitude of 1800 m, an absolute altitude of 5165 m (Mount Ararat), populated one million years ago) and christened the Armenian Highland in their honor. They have built cities, given birth to brave soldiers, inspired miniature-painters and poets who have raised their voices to God through poetry, unsurpassed ploughmen whose fame has spread from Iran to California and beyond, singers who have sung mournful songs in the rocky fields of the highland and scientists who have uncovered the secrets of the matter.

Enjoy the panoramic view of Yerevan etc.

Visit the History Museum where artifacts and items from prehistoric time to our days tell us the reach history of the land and its people. Free time when you can enjoy Yerevan lifestyle with evening and night life activities.

Matenadaaran- is an ancient manuscript repository located in Yerevan, Armenia. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. .Departure to Echmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia, where the holy seat of Catolicos is situated. The legend has it that Jesus Christ descended from the sky to show the place where he wanted a church to be built. The construction of the church began in 301, the year when Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion.

 Echmiadzin (301)

Visit St Hripsime church which is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Armenia On the way back to Yerevan visit the ruins of the temple of Zvartnots. Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

St Hripsime church

Притвор xрама

Армения. Звартноц. Руины храма Бдящих Сил
Zvartnots temple

В горах
14th century Selim Caravanserai. In medieval Armenia many buildings were built along commercial routes for the accommodation of travelers. One of those, the caravanserai of Selim, was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. This caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing the Selim (Sulema) mountains. This building is an excellent example of Armenian secular architecture in the Middle Ages.Continue to Noradus to visit the ancient cemetery with numerous Armenian cross-stones (Khachkars).

Selim Caravanserai

Proceed to the lake Sevan. Visit the 9th century Sevan Monastery located on the peninsula, from where a beautiful view on the lake opens. Lunch in Sevan.Continue to the resort town of Dilijan with beautiful scenery of mountains covered with thick forests

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Lake Sevan


Amberd castle

Вид на крепость

Lost Matosavank


Haghartsin monastery is nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set.

Haghartsin monastery  after reconstruction

Castle of Tigranakert

Proceed to the Monastic complexes of Haghpat and Sanahin -  included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. These magnificent samples of Armenian architecture are located on the picturesque canyon of Debet 

Зернохранилище в древнем храме

Haghpat monastery

В древнем храме


Drive to an excellent early church called Mastara (7 c.). Continue to the town of Talin to visit Talin Cathedral (7th century). Proceed to the ancient village of Aruch to visit The temple of Arutch (7 c A.D), decorated with frescos (now seriously damaged) and half-destroyed Aruch Caravansarai (13th century), which is one of the few caravanserais preserved on the territory of Armenia.

Armenian village




Нораванк XIII в.

See more information here Noravank

Khor Virap is translated into Armenian as A Deep Pit. Here in the deep pit Gregory the Illuminator was kept imprisoned for 13 years. But after curing the king from a grave malady he was set free and persuaded the kind to adopt Christianity as a state religion (301A.D.). It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. You will have a great opportunity to take pictures and enjoy unrepeatable view to the Mount Ararat.

Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various civil buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.

The Garni architectural complex (3rd century BC) was once a mighty fortress which stood on a rocky,  triangular plateau rising steeply for the river Azat. The Armenian kings had been summering in Garni to escape the heat of the Ararat valley.

Pagan temple and christian cross stone

Языческий храм Гарни

Proceed to the cave monastery of Geghard. The spear with which the roman soldier killed Jesus Christ, was kept here and hence the name of the monastery was taken. (Geghard means Holy Spear). This prominent work of architecture, partially carved in the rock, is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list.

Monastery of Geghard

Monastery of Tatev stands on a plateau on the edge of the deep gorge of the Orotan (Vorotan) River.  
Tatev was one of the most important centers of Armenian art and science. Visitors easily get to the Monastery thanks to the longest reversible aerial tramway section in the world which is itself a great attraction. 

Armenian Genocide Memorial


Вошебный свет.Akhtala is a 10th-century fortified monastery located in the village of Akhtala in the Marz of Lori. The fortress played a major role in protecting the north-western regions of Armenia (Gugark) and is among the well preserved of all in modern Armenia. The main church in the complex is famous for its highly artistic frescoes covering not only the interior walls but the partitions and the bearings of the structure

Древние своды

В древнем храме

Mozrovi caverns are located near Yeghegnadzor, Armenia.

Qarahunge the oldest observatory in the world (Zorats Qarer, dating 12000 years back)

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