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At the Slopes of Biblical Mount Ararat is situated a tiny country with rich history and culture, breathtaking and variable landscape, World Cultural and Intangible heritage. This tiny country is called Armenia. Here are the UNESCO sights of Armenia 

It is very hard to mention only 7 reasons why you should explore this tiny country which has a lot to show  you. Here are some of the basic ones . Discover Your Armenia! Here we go!

Jews in Armenia

Early Period

The First historical records about the Jewish presence in Armenia come from the 1st century B.C. One city, in particular, Vartkesavan-nowadays Echmiatsin became an important commercial center. By 360-370 AD, there was a massive increase in Jewish Hellenistic immigration into Armenia; many Armenian towns became predominately Jewish. In the 4th century, Sassanid King Shapur II deported thousands of Jewish families from Persian Armenia and resettled them at Isfahan. Jewish families were deported to Armenia and settled in Artashat, Vaghasabat, Yervandashat, Sarehavan, Sarisat, Van, and Nakhichevan.  

Armenia and the Armenians

Historical-Geographic Orientation

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Photo by Amit Alony

Somewhere between Caucasian Mountains and Biblical Mount Ararat has situated a tiny country with breathtaking Nature and various landscapes, ancient history and rich culture, hospitable people, and delicious food. It has a lot to tell and to show to the World. You can see its name on the World’s oldest map (Babylonian map is kept in the British Museum). By the way, this is the only one, among the mentioned countries, which exists so far ( now with 10 times less territory). The current republic’s map looks like a Queen from the profile. The country is home to the second-largest mountain lake in the World.

Want to discover one of the oldest countries in the World? Want to know more about Armenia starting from the origin to nowadays?

Author: Anna Karapetyan

 The Origin

Let’s start our acquaintance with Biblical Land Armenia. The information about the origin and the history of the country is taken either from the local or from foreign sources, such as Sumerian, Greek, Hittite, Persian inscriptions, and historians.  The Sumerian sources inform us about Aratta (from Ararat) country 28th-22th centuries B.C.. That was a theocratic country similar to Egypt and Sumer. The main god-protector of Aratta was Hayk, the son of god creator Haya who created the human beings from clay. Armenians have been called their country the Land of  Hayk for more than 4000 years.