Armenia

Key Country Facts

Population: 3 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

For chess connoisseurs, a fun fact is that chess is a mandatory subject in Armenian schools. Play on!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Holy Etchmiadzin, Yerevan, Mount Ararat

Other Information:

Top exports: hard liquor, copper ore, gold, ferroalloys, and rolled tobacco.

Today I’m in Armenia, where about 3 million people live (2013). Armenia was founded in 1991. The capital is Yerevan and the official language is Armenian. The primary religion is Christianity, without about 95 percent of Armenians as followers. The top exports are hard liquor, copper ore, gold, ferroalloys, and rolled tobacco. The time zone is 8 hours ahead of EST.

A fascinating fact about Armenia is that it hosts the first state church built in the world; named Holy Etchmiadzin, it was built in the early 4th century and is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. For wine lovers, Armenia is also one of the oldest wine producing countries across the globe.

Travelers should visit Yerevan, also known as the “pink city” because its buildings are made with beautiful volcanic rocks in varying shades of pink. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, built roughly 29 years before Rome. Excellent museums and historical sites can be found here, as well as gorgeous views of snow-capped Mount Ararat.

For chess connoisseurs, a fun fact is that chess is a mandatory subject in Armenian schools. Play on!

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