Photos Armenia
Photos Armenia

Photos - Armenia

Rural Armenia feels like an old and authentic country where time stood still (in a good way) . Churches are overgrown with grass and trees, people eat tasty fruits and vegetables from their land and old history events still have a great impact on daily life. Tbilisi is a dynamic city where young good looking people stroll around in a relaxed atmosphere. We hope that our photos of Armenia depict the great impressions that this country left with us.

We loved all three countries of the Caucasus but it was Armenia that made the greatest impression on us. The country is facing a long lasting boycott from Turkey, angry over the Armenian genocide claim and Armenia is at a constant state of war with their rich neighbours Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Many Armenians have left the country for Europe and the US but those left behind make the best of it and seem to manage despite the difficulties. Most impressive part of our journey was the long scenic road to the South of the country that produced many great pictures with Soviet era cars, Iranian trucks, Donkey cards and Sheppard’s with their herd in a beautiful rough landscape. Many historic and often untouched structures are found on the way to add to the unforgettable beauty of Armenia.

Lori - Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery is a masterpiece of religious architecture and was a major centre of learning in the Middle Ages

Lori - Haghpat Monastery

The interior of Haghpat Monastery that has not been over renovated and kept its original medieval atmosphere

Lori - Sanahin monastery

The 10th century Sanahin monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a structure of great beauty

Lori - Sanahin monastery

Gravestone of a local family that died in a car accident, note the actual accident on the stone behind the family

Alaverdi - Alaverdi cable car station

The Alaverdi cable car brings people from the lower part of Alaverdi to the higher part where Sanahin is located

Alaverdi - Saverdi Mine and Metallurgical complex

The giant Soviet era Alaverdi Copper Factory is now one of the main industrial complexes in Armenia

Alaverdi - Saverdi Mine and Metallurgical complex

Cross on a mountain top hardy visible from the exhaust produced by factories from the Alaverdi Industrial complex

Alaverdi - Alaverdi city centre

Soviet era residential buildings in the town of Alaverdi, an important industrial centre close to the Georgian border

Odzun - Odzun Main Street

Comtourist editor waiting for a bus that never came in Odzun, an old and picturesque Armenian village

Odzun - Odzun Main Street

An Odzun local greeting us on the main street, we later had a very interesting conversation with this friendly man

Odzun - Odzun Main Street

Local farmers with their cattle in Odzun village located on a plateau above the left bank of the Debed river gorge

Odzun - Odzun Guesthouse

The living room of the house where we stayed with a very friendly and hospitable family in Odzun village

Odzun - Odzun Guesthouse

Dinner in the Odzun Guesthouse, all the delicious food and drinks are home made with home grown products

Odzun - Odzun Church

Odzun Church with a Soviet Word War II memorial constructed in the same style as the church

Odzun - Odzun Church

The interior of the Odzun Church, a very old Armenian basilica constructed around the 5th-7th century

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