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CHRISTIANITY IN ARMENIA
Armenia is a country of old legends and Biblical stories. It is said that on his descent from Ararat, Noah first stepped onto this land and as a result of his blessings and Christian faith, Armenia has survived many foreign invasions through centuries and is a thriving republic presently.
Armenia has hundreds of unique Christian monuments, amazing sites, waterfalls, Skyscraping Mountains and wonderful people with rich heritage and warm hospitality. The blue Lake Sevan and a shining sun almost eight months of the year will be your friendly guide throughout Armenia. Even the fruits carry the spice and smell of the sun. You will find in Armenia a society rich with cultural and artistic life, surrounded by beautiful architecture.

In 2001 Armenia celebrated the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity as a state Religion. The history of Christianity in Armenia refers to the time when Christ's Apostles St. Thaddeus and Bartholomew preached in Armenia around 100 AD. According to legend, at the end of the 3rd century King Trdat III begun persecuting Christians in Armenia. He executed a group of thirty-seven Christian virgins who had fled to Armenia to escape Roman persecution. The leader of this group was Gayane, who, along with Hripsime is revered as one of the founding saints of the Armenian Church. After committing this crime, King Trdat became insane. The sister of Trdat, Khosrovidoukht, had a dream in which a man told her that the persecution of Christians must stop. She told her brother that he would be cured if Gregory the Illuminator were released from Khor Virap, where he was imprisoned. The King agreed to release Gregory. Gregory restored Trdat's health, who adopted Christianity.
In 301 King Trdat declared Christianity a state religion and Armenia thereby became the first Christian state to adopt Christianity as its religion. Later, Gregory had a vision in which Christ descended from Heaven and struck the earth at the town of Vagharshapat with a golden hammer. Following this, Gregory had a vision of a great Christian temple rising from the ashes. Gregory built a reproduction of the church. He renamed Vagharshapat as "Echmiadzin" (which means "the Descent of the Only-Begotten" in Armenian). Because of his role in bringing the light of Christ to the Armenian people, St. Gregory is called "the Illuminator" and is venerated as the patron saint of the Armenian Church.

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To visit Armenia is to travel back in history and feel the spirit of more than 41 centuries. Experience first hand the "country sheltered by Biblical “Ararat" home of Noah’s Ark; the land where human kind was reborn.

Armenia offers a little something for every person.

Rich with historical churches, monasteries, monuments, and magnificent masonry, this country that was the first to adopt Christianity and proclaim it as its state religion in 301 AD is a unique treasure for those interested in great events.

Should your interests lie in nature, the beautiful Armenian Plateau ( the chain of mountains in Armenia which is situated in the Alps-Himalayan mountain system) with hidden lakes, including the mysterious Lake Sevan, waterfalls, torrents, rivers, springs, valleys, highlands and rich forests, clearly evidence the miracles of nature. The topography of land and the man-made wonders of centuries old architecture, ruins, churches and monasteries bring to life the history of one of the world’s most ancient nation and culture. Armenia served as a cross road of the East and West for 10 centuries as a bridge between Asia and Europe.

With a complex terrain of diverse landscape, full of vegetation and ecosystems, this country located with different floustic regions and diverse climate conditions offers spectacular flora and fauna and is a must see for the nature lover. Varied species of vertebrae and non-vertebrates find their homes in Armenia which also serves as the skyway of migrating birds. Mountaineers and hikers will enjoy the slopes of Mount Aragats. While, during the months of January to March, skiers should try the slopes at Tsakhadzhor (valley of flowers).

Life today in Yerevan is assimilated with the harmonious fusion of past and present. The people take great pride in their traditions, culture, religion, arts and crafts, delicious cuisine and sincere hospitality. From museums to theaters, an opera house, parks, restaurants, open cafes, casinos, discos, clubs, jazz restaurants, and other entertainment spots, Yerevan is alive, bustling and inviting. Most of all, the warmth and friendly manner of the people will make your visit unforgettable. One visit is never enough. This land of old and new has a gravitational pull to all who visit. Don’t be surprised if you book your next visit to Armenia while you are still in Armenia. Whether or not your heritage is Armenian, you will feel right at home and will not want to leave this beautiful land and people.

VISIT ARMENIA, IT IS BEAUTIFUL.


The idea of "VISIT ARMENIA - IT IS BEAUTIFUL" came to me in 1998 when I first visited Armenia and personally experienced the beauty of the country and its people. Since then I have been diligently working to turn this idea into reality.

I am an individual who lives in California, and have been going to Armenia every year since my first visit. I am a seasoned traveler to many countries throughout the world, and have come to the conclusion that there is no place like Armenia. Each visit to Armenia has been a new experience, with new places to see and new things to do. For this reason, I have decided to expand upon my idea and introduce it to the public.

The idea is to promote tourism to Armenia. Travel and tourism is one of the most important things for a country. In addition to its positive impact on the economy, it promotes peace, understanding and goodwill amongst people. Cultural exchange is a fascinating advancement for the growth of a nation.

Not only will a visit to Armenia help the country's tourism, economy and growth, it will give the traveler an unforgettable vacation with memories to cherish for years to come. In fact, Armenia is not only for Armenians. It is a place for all people to enjoy. Tell your friends, Armenians and non-Armenians alike. VISIT ARMENIA - IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

Join me in promoting the slogan/logo of "VISIT ARMENIA - IT IS BEAUTIFUL". This can be done by individuals or entities simply by placing the slogan/logo in all media forums (television programs, newspapers, magazines, publications, etc) as well as through school and church publications, or any time an individual advertises and/or sponsors in ad books, school yearbooks, newsletters, etc. It costs nothing to add this slogan/logo to any writing that will already be published or shown on television on programs that will already be aired.

Take a first step to introducing ARMENIA to all who see the slogan/logo. Be a part of Armenia's advancement. The truth is: ARMENIA is really beautiful; Visit it. Once you see Armenia with your own eyes, you will understand why it is so important for me to introduce this idea and Armenia to you.

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See you in Armenia soon.

Ara

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