If I were to be asked where on the planet Earth one can see the most incredible wonders, I would first of all say – Armenia…”, said Rockwell Kent.
“There is no other land in the world so full of wonders as the land of Armenians...
But whatever may have been their destiny, and it has been bitter, whatever it may be in future, their country must ever be one of the most interesting in the world"
George Gordon Byron
It would be difficult for antique and art lovers to find a better treasury of rarities than Armenia. The Armenian land stores a great number of autographs: unique works of medieval architects and crafts of primordial masters; pagan temples; Urartu fortresses and ancient monuments of Christianity; cave towns and castles concealed high in the mountains; gallery gorges storing bas-relief collections, unique frescos in abandoned monasteries and covered with thinnest carving of khachkar /cross-stone/. And, notwithstanding their large number, the local sights are surprisingly diverse and resemble nothing one has seen before.
“Stoneland” - that is how Armenia is called – is truly an open-air museum both in terms of the nature and the art. There are many different stones in Armenia, but you’ll hardly find a single ”illiterate” one. Just scratch the surface of any of them with your finger nail and you are almost bound to find either a hieroglyph, or bold Armenian letters, decorations or carvings.
It is a country that is open to anyone who is not afraid of long journeys, who is ready to get off the road to climb the mountains or go down to a hard-to-access gorge. What is attractive for a traveller in Armenia is the fact that he will be able to feel the course of millenniums within a short term and get in touch with the past and the present, and see equally important events of I millennium A. D. and VII, X I XX centuries.
The ability to surprise is one of the greatest gifts of the nature.
Armenia is indeed a country that is able to surprise!