Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been [...]

Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

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 [...]

2016-11-22T16:02:31+01:003 July 2013|Armenia, UNESCO World Heritage|
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