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From the history of Armenian coins. 1.First Armenian coins


The coins of kings of Sophene (Tsopk) dated to the second half of the 3rd century BC are believed to the first Armenian coins.
Coat of arms of Erivan (Yerevan 1843 y.)


On the green field silver Echmiatsin church with golden domes and crosses.
Coat of arms of Tiflis


Coat of arms of Tiflis (1843) consisted of two parts:
POTTERY


In traditional housekeeping at Armenians the pottery prevailed.
ARMENIAN CROSS STONES (KHACHKARS) A. L. Yakobson


A. L. Yakobson ARMENIAN CROSS STONES
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Armenia among national Geographic's top 10 surprising destinations


June 13, 2016 -

PanARMENIAN.Net?�-Armeniawas included in the?�National Geographic's top 10 most surprising destinations that deserve more travelers.

According to the magazine, Armenia today is safe, with a burgeoning tourist infrastructure, largely centered around family-run B&Bs and agrotourism-style homestays, designed to attract adventurous backpackers to the country's staggering and often unheralded natural and architectural beauty.

"Few people know that Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion, in A.D. 301," the National Geographic says as it describes the country.

"And Armenia's ancient churches-massive, sprawling complexes of ruins nestled into the wildly green canyons and mountaintops of the countryside?��are among the world's best preserved. While other Christian churches are decorated with painted frescoes, many of which have faded or been destroyed, the carved stone lions of cliffside Geghard Monastery and intricately carved khachkars (stone graves) of Sanahin stand as a testament to the creative power of one of the world's oldest, and least heralded, civilizations. And Armenia's churches aren't the only attraction of its countryside. The wildflower-dappled hills and valleys here?��far more accessible than the vertiginous mountain paths of Georgia?��are full of pagan temples like Garni, just outside Yerevan, and cobblestoned "spa towns" like Dilijan, nicknamed "Armenia's Switzerland."

"Most tourists concentrate their activities around Yerevan, the country's capital. But a half-day's drive from Yerevan ($50 with a reliable taxi driver), is the town of Goris, set among caves and cliffs in Armenia's verdant south and among the country's most spectacular. Winding hikes through the historic village take you through the cave villages of Old Khndzoresk, while a short bus ride takes you to the ninth-century mountaintop stone monastery of Tatev, once a capital of Armenian culture and learning, accessible by one of the world's longest cable cars. In the heart of Goris, an eccentric mountaineer runs Khachik's B&B (from $20 per night, including meals), a homestay with nightly home-cooked meals, garnished with fresh herbs, boasting terrace views over Old Goris," the magazine adds.

source: http://news.am


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