Armenia is a small country that isn't recognized on the list of most popular places to travel around. However, for tourists that wish to learn about history, enjoy delicious food and drink and explore what nature has to offer, Armenia is a perfect choice. Armenia is full of amazing countryside views on an ancient land. The locals take great pride in introducing people to their culture, religion, cuisines and traditions.
Since the famous Kim Kardashian visited Armenia, more people are starting to notice what the beautiful country has to offer. The celebrity came to show her respects for the Armenian genocide and also visit her ancestral home.
While there are many amazing places to visit in Armenia, there are many hidden spots that very few people know about. So below, we share with you some of the best-kept secrets in Armenia.
First up is Karahunge, also known as the Armenian Stonehenge. The stunning temple was built thousands of years ago and is the world's oldest astronomical observatory. The temple was built to honor sun god Ari and is older than Stonehenge in England and even the Egyptian pyramids. The temple is made up of approximately 223 stones. Many of the stones have tiny holes that point to a different direction in space. Despite its beauty and interesting historical facts, few people have heard of its existence.
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Next on our list is Areni 1 Cave Complex. This is a very significant archaeological site. It's a must tour if you are visiting Armenia. It's a complex of caves situated along the Arpa River. The Copper Age artifacts make this location something special. The oldest brain, shoes and wine press in the whole world can be seen there! There were only discovered in 2010 and are one of the best-kept secrets of Armenia.
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Umbrella Waterfalls are an Armenian best-kept secret not to be missed. While few people know about their existence, they are a natural beauty. You will find forests, caves, and umbrella waterfalls. It will take you up to 2 hours to hike down the waterfalls. Don't worry; you can always take a rest at one of the villages along the way.
One of the most visually appealing gemstones has to be the Alphabet Monument. The attraction is made up of giant stone letters which are a shrine to the person who created the Armenian alphabet; Mesrop Mashtots. When the alphabet reached its 1600th birthday, the stones were placed near his resting place back in 2005. The citizens of Armenia have been using his 39 letter great system for a long time.
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If you're looking for a calm and relaxing place then Lover Park is perfect. Lovers park is situated in Yerevan and is a lovely place to visit if you want to enjoy fully what nature has to offer. It's a great place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while catching up on the latest news in the newspaper. The beautiful park is a peaceful and romantic spot.
So, if you thought that Armenia doesn't have a lot to offer, think again. The list above is just a selection of some of the best-kept secret places that you can only find in Armenia.