|Armenia is a tourist-friendly country in the Caucasus region between the Black and Caspian Seas. In spite of its location, the country is considered, culturally and politically, part of Europe. It has a 3000 year old civilization and has been Christian since about 300CE.
Although the border has been quiet, Armenia has had an adversary relationship with its neighbor Azerbaijan.
There are only three million plus people, however, an estimated 5 million Armenians live outside the country.
The capital, Yerevan, is located along the Hrazdan River. It is home to almost one and a quarter million people and is the commercial, industrial and cultural center of the country.
In the area of performing arts there is the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra which performs in Khachaturian Hall and also an Opera Theater.
Yerevan has a dozen museums including one of History. The city was designated by UNESCO as the World Book Capital for 2012.
Lake Sevan is a beautiful mountain lake and a favorite tourist destination. There are white sand beaches as well as numerous ancient monuments and monasteries. Best known is the Sevanavank Monastery which dates back to the ninth century.
An evaluation of Armenia's attractions is found in this List of Ratings