Fun Facts About Armenia

By Benjamin Elisha Sawe on September 23 2019 in Society

Yerevan, Armenia is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.
Yerevan, Armenia is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.

Armenia is a landlocked country in Eurasia. The country has a rich history and magnificent scenery. Here are some fun facts about Armenia.

  • Armenia is among the few nations made up of only one ethnic group. Except for a 3% minority, the rest of the population identifies as Armenian.
  • Chess is taught in schools as a mandatory subject.
  • Armenian cuisine is not complete without the delicious flat bread locally known as lavash. The bread is such a significant part of Armenian culture that it was listed on UNESCO's cultural heritage list in 2014.
  • Armenia is a bird’s haven, as more than 345 bird species reside in the country. Birdwatchers love to visit due to the variety of birds in the country.
  • Christianity was first embraced as a state religion in Armenia in 301AD. To this day, Armenia is a predominantly Christian nation.
  • Armenia has numerous iconic monasteries and churches, and these religious buildings are popular tourist sites.
  • Armenia suffered a genocide in 1915 that resulted in the deaths of more than a million Armenians. The country marked the 100th anniversary on April 24th, 2015.
  • Prominent personalities, such as the Kardashians, have Armenian ancestry.
  • The country has a restriction on playing guitars, pianos, drums, or any other musical instruments at night. Anyone caught in the act is charged in a court of law.
  • Armenia is said to produce some of the best and oldest wines. Soviet Ruler Joseph Stalin bought cases of Armenian wine and presented them to Winston Churchill as a gift during World War II.
  • The country is home to one of the world’s oldest cities, Yerevan, which was constructed before Rome.
  • Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city, is fondly referred to as the "pink city" due to various shades of pink in many buildings. These buildings were constructed using naturally pink volcanic rocks.
  • Yerevan has an efficient and cheap underground metro constructed during the Soviet era.
  • Armenians revere Mt. Ararat, which is situated in Turkey. The people believe that Noah’s Ark settled on its mountain top after the end of flooding.
  • There are more Armenians currently living outside Armenia than there are in the country. Most of its people fled the country during the genocide. In fact, a community of Armenians in Los Angeles, California has formed a "Little Armenia."
  • The world’s longest, double track non-stop cable car is found in Armenia. It runs a record 5,752 meters.
  • Armenia has a volatile relationship with its neighbor, Azerbaijan, due to border disputes.
  • Apricots are a special type of fruit in Armenia. Armenians love the fruit so much they incorporate it in wine, brandy, and juice.
  • Armenia’s favorite ski resort is in Tsakhkadzor.
  • Armenia is a tourist friendly nation. It treats tourists like the locals, which means the charges at tourist locations are cheap.
  • Armenian athletes have been successful in weightlifting and wrestling events. They won three medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and covers 16% of the country’s surface.
  • Armenia has monuments in the shape of Armenian Alphabets, created to celebrate 1600 years of the Armenian alphabet.
  • Due to Armenia’s ties former Soviet ties, Russia is the most popular foreign language in Armenia.
  • When held upside down, the Armenian flag resembles the Colombian flag.
  • Armenians use the eternity sign as a national symbol.
  • Armenia has three world heritage sites: Geghard monastery, Sanahin monastery, and Haghpat monastery.
  • Soviet souvenirs are commonly found in Armenian tourist markets.
  • The dram is Armenian’s official currency.
  • 99% of Armenians can read and write.

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