Armenia is a country in Asia and located away from the typical tourist trail. I combined it with a backpacking trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The Garni Temple is from the 1st century, known for its columns in the classical Greek style.
Geghard Monastery is a picturesque medieval monastery, partly located in a gorge and carved out of the mountains.
Monastery of Echmiadzin
The monastery of Echmiadzin dates back to 300 AD, when Christianity was adopted by the Armenian nation.
Swartnoz Cathedral is today an old ruin complex and houses the relics of the Catholicos, the first head of the Armenian church.
The capital Yerevan has a modern downtown and huge monuments from the last century. Recommended is the cascade complex, a long staircase with statues on several levels. Impressive was the large-scale Republic Square.
On our route we traveled from Georgia to Yerevan. We made a day trip to the monastery of Echmiadzin and on the way back we visited the Swartnoz Cathedral. On the next day, we visited the Geghard Monastery and the Garni Temple on a reasonably priced organized day trip through the Rafael Hostel. After visiting Yerevan, the minibus returned to Georgia, as there were no cheap flights from Armenia.
There is still a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan today. If you were in certain areas of Armenia, you are not allowed to enter Azerbaijan. Therefore, it is recommended to travel first to Azerbaijan and then to Armenia.