COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE HAPPY
COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE HAPPY
If I am asked where is the place on the earth that one can come across many miracles, I would name Armenia. Involuntarily you are surprised in such a small place on the earth it is possible to meet such monuments and such people, who can be the ornaments and pride of the whole world.
Armenians are one of the oldest nations in the world, while relying on several scientific discoveries they are the first. Among numerous facts that Armenians have been inhabiting in this land since immemorial times are thousands of stone artifacts retrieved near Yerevan, the Armenian capital, which accurately date to a period between 325,000 and 350,000 years ago. Among other outstanding evidences are the oldest 14,000-year-old temple and religious complex in the world, Portasar, located in the city of Urfa in Western Armenia, Carahunge or Stonehenge – 7500-year-old observatory, much older than English Stonehenge, 6000-year-old well-developed settlement Agarak, with ritual worshiping structures, altars, mausoleums, and enormous winemaking system, well preserved Areni cave with its many diverse artefacts, which come to prove that already 6200 years ago Armenians were able to do scalp surgeries.
In old times the Egyptians and Sumerians truly believed that wisdom and science had reached them and been spread throughout the world from Armenian Highlands. The country was considered a Holy one and the people living there were called People of God. Since then, Armenians have been the bearers and the protectors of the Light. Armenia is the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD, has over 4,000 monasteries and churches, and 95% of Armenians are followers of the Christian belief. Having an amazing creative mind, Armenians make vital inventions for the benefit of all mankind.
According to Bible “On the XVII day of the VII month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Thus, God chose the best place on earth for the continuation of the humankind.
Holy Mount Ararat is probably the most recognizable symbol of Armenia, and the dearest one of all Armenians. And though since 1921 it is under the domination of Turkey, we believe that one day the historical justice will be restored and our Ararat will return home.
In ancient times, Armenia was one of the most powerful and developed countries with its own culture, language and governance bodies with the total area of 586 000 sq. km. However, Armenia, being a coveted country, unfortunately was often conquered and separated by powerful empires. But the most dreadful page of the history was the Armenian Genocide conducted by Turkey a century ago, when 1,5 million Armenians were cruelly killed and more than 80 % of the Armenian territory went under the rule of Turkey. However, Armenian's inflexible will was never broken, again and again Armenia was reborn like a phoenix on the slopes of Holy Mountain Ararat. Though now we have only on 1/20th part of our historical Motherland, we continue to live with open heart, think with broad mind, be devoted with all our heart to what we love and share our happiness with others. We are proud of being Armenians, we Love our country.
During its longish history Armenia have had 14 capitals, one of which, Ani, was one of the 5 largest cities in the world during X-XI C.
Yerevan - the current capital of Armenia was founded in 782 B.C. about which testifies the cuneiform inscription kept in the Erebuni Fortress-Museum. This heartwarming modern city is the oldest continuously inhabited city of the world, which has its own "Birth Certificate". It is said, that Yerevan is a museum under an open sky.
Chinese- Armenian trustful relationships were formed as early as the 4th century BC. The etymology of the hieroglyphs "Armenia" means "the Beautiful Queen of Asia", and in Armenian, when we want to say "magnificent, wonderful", we say "Chnashkharhik", which literally means "from China". Armenians enjoyed great prestige and respect in China, and they were even welcomed to stay and live there, while Armenians considered the Chinese the most peace-loving nation of the world. Not surprisingly, now also Armenia and China have mutual visa exemptions.
It is unnecessary to emphasize how important was the role of Armenia to connect the East and the West. Since the 2nd BC the Silk Road passed through Armenian capital Artashat from the East, and from there it stretched to the ports of the Black Sea. And already in the 5th C, Artashat was replaced by Dvin - the new capital of Armenia, through which passed the trade route that connected China, Central Asia and Iran with Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. In the 9th-10th centuries, the Armenian cities of Artsn, Ani and Kars began to play a significant role in world trade. Later, during the excavations, samples of Chinese silk, porcelain, Persian pottery and dyes were found in Ani. To this day, caravan houses are preserved in Armenia, which served as inns for merchants passing through Armenia on the Silk Road.
For Armenians education always has a great role. Just to mention, that in Soviet times, the literacy rate in Armenia was nearly 100 percent, thus making it the first country in the world with its literacy rate.
Armenia doesn't have any oil or gas, but it has the most precious and never-ending natural resource - people with brilliant brains. That is why in the first lines of chess grandmasters of all times one can find a lot of Armenians.
Women enjoy equal rights at all levels of education.
Armenia, despite its small area, is distinguished by the pronounced diversity of plant species: 3500 superior plant species are found here, more than half of the 6,000 that can be found in the entire Transcaucasia region. There are more than 100 species on 1 square km, which is one of the highest indicators in the world. There are even virgin fields of wild grain, the forebears of the first wheat in the ancient world, believed to have been cultivated in Armenia 12-15,000 years ago. Known by their genus names Triticum Urartu and Triticum Araraticum, the wheat is native to the Ararat valley and can be found in small protected fields between Yerevan and Garni.
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