Tatev Monastery: flying up the mountain (Day out Yerevan)

You’ve heard about Yerevan, about the road to get there, about Soviet Armenia, about some of the many monasteries here in the world’s first Christian country. Now let me take you to one that balances on the brink of a canyon. To get there, we’ll [...]

2020-08-27T12:39:22+01:0030 April 2018|Armenia, Daytrip|

Soviet Yerevan: time travelling in Armenia

As I’m finalising this post, Yerevan has become a happening place. The prime minister just resigned a few hours ago, after several days of protests. According to my blogger friend Megan, who is there just now, the whole city is a party. The police, military, and [...]

2018-12-12T11:43:27+00:0023 April 2018|Armenia, No more, Quirky corners|

Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain (Day out Yerevan)

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia's third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you [...]

Tbilisi to Yerevan

Today's post is about bread and circuses - or, at least, bread and religion - which perhaps isn't that different. While I pondered whether to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan via train or marshrutka (minibusses with threadbare tyres found all over the Caucasus), I stumbled [...]

World at a Glance: Mount Ararat and Zvartnots Cathedral

As I write this, I've just left Armenia, a country that has been on my wish list for a while. I've lots to share from this fascinating part of the world, but for now a quick glance at Zvartnots Cathedral. On my visit, these 7th [...]

2020-06-30T17:14:58+01:003 July 2013|Armenia, UNESCO World Heritage|
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