We have been lucky enough to have been invited to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia (locally known as Hayastan, the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion!). It was only a 6 hour drive from Tbilisi. Whilst there, we visited Garni Temple, the only standing Greaco-Roman building in the former Soviet Union and also a symbol of a pre-Christian Armenia. We've also visited Geghard Monastery, another UNESCO site carved out of solid rock. Following that, we took a stroll around the pink capital - referring to the stone colour - and went over to the Republic Square, where we saw an awesome musical fountain show. We also passed by the 18th century Blue Mosque, the only standing mosque in the country, which was renovated with support from Iran after Armenia's independence. In the evening, we went to the Cascade, which is a massive stairway built on the sides of an art museum, from which you can see mount Ararat (now in Turkey), the national symbol of Armenia, and allegedly the resting place of Noah's Ark.
Before leaving Yerevan, we made sure to visit the genocide museum that showcases stories of the Armenian genocide by the Ottomans during and after WWI, which resulted in killing more than 1.5 million Armenians. It's not for the faint hearted, so we decided not to enter and just visited the monuments.
We stopped briefly at Lake Sevan, the largest lake in the Caucuses region at 1,000 sq.km.
What I liked about Yerevan was the vibe, it was definitely the most alive and vibrant capital of the three. It was also fascinating to see a country that celebrate its artists, writers, poets, musicians and architects in such a way. There were monuments everywhere!! Armenia, till next time! <3