Armenia is one of the oldest nations in the world. There are so many historical sights in our country that attract not only locals but also thousands and thousands of guests who visit Armenia. Here are some of the best historical monuments that we have included in our list. If you plan to visit Armenia soon, don't forget to visit these places. Let's go!
#1 Garni Temple - The temple of Garni is the only pagan temple in Armenia. It is located in the village of Garni, Kotayk province. The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD and was dedicated to the Sun God Mihr. This incredible architectural masterpiece is a must-see place while visiting our country. Here you will also find the ruins of the royal palace and mosaic ancient baths built according to the Roman methodology. The temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#2 Geghard Monastery - Geghard is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province. This incredible ancient Armenian monastery is partly carved out of a mountain. The monastery of Geghard contains several churches and tombs. The complex of medieval buildings is surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with enhanced protection status.
#3 Tatev Monastery - The Tatev Monastery is a 9th-century historical monument. It is located near the Tatev village in Syunik Province, on a cliff overlooking the right bank of the Vorotan River. During medieval times the monastery was the cultural center of Armenia. Nowadays, the monastery is quite impressive and is considered the jewel of medieval Armenian architecture.
#4 Khor Virap Monastery - Khor Virap Monastery is located in the Ararat plain, near the border of Turkey and Armenia. This pilgrimage site is the place where Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years by an Armenian king for preaching Christianity. Nowadays Khor Virap Monastery continues to be a holy site of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
#5 Amberd Fortress - Amberd is a 10th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats. It is translated from Armenian as "fortress in the clouds." The history of the building dates back to the 7th century. This well-protected fortress was the residence of the Armenian noble family Pahlavuni.