11 Interesting Facts About Armenia

1. The Apostolic Church Is Named After Christ’s Apostles.

Armenia is the first country to adopt Christianity as the state religion. Jesus Christ’s apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew preached in Armenia and the Armenian Apostolic Church is named after them.

2. Chess Is A Compulsory Subject In Schools!

Did you know that Chess is a compulsory subject in schools in Armenia? They even have exams for it! The renowned Tigran Petrosian Chess House in Yerevan hosts many huge international chess tournaments. According to them, chess classes contribute to the development of the mental abilities of children, teach them to think flexibly and wisely. Armenia aspires to its methods of teaching to become one of the best in the world.

3. One Of The Oldest Churches In The World Is Here.

One of the oldest churches in the world, Etchmiadzin Cathedral was built in Armenia in the IV century. First Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator, Lusvorich dreamt that Christ came down from the sky with a fiery hammer in their hand and pointed out the place to build a church. In the year 303, an ancient pagan temple existed where the church was later built, named Etchmiadzin.

4. They Have A History

The Genocide that began under Ottoman rule in 1915 killed nearly 1.5 million people in Armenia. It happened in 3 phases, the first was when all the men were being called out to join the army and then killed, then next was the killing of all women, elderly, and children, and the last was the intellectuals.

5. 97% Here Are Armenians Ethnically

Armenia is one of the only mono-ethnic countries in the world. 97% of the people living in Armenia are Armenians and the remaining small percentage is made up of different ethnic minorities such as the Yazidis, Russians, Ukrainians, Kurds, and more. Also, make sure you read our blogs on Iraq and Ukraine to know more about Yazidis and Ukrainians.

6. The First Arithmetic Textbook Was Made Here

The world’s first textbook of arithmetic problems was created by an Armenian mathematician – David the Invincible.

7. They Have The Oldest Winery In The World!

Armenia has the oldest winery in the world!  It was found in the village of Areni, located on the banks of the river Arpa. It is known to have produced wine over six thousand years ago. Among the items found, press juice extraction, fermentation vessels, cups for drinking, the remains of vines and seeds were unique. Scientists believe that the grapes, from which the wine was made in Armenia 6000 years ago, was the ancestor of the famous Pinot Noir.

8. The World’s Longest Ropeway Is Here

Armenia has its name in the Guinness book of records, thanks to the ropeway of the Wings of Tatev. It is the world’s longest passenger ropeway. The length of the ropeway is 5752 meters. It is the only engineering facility of this magnitude in the world built in just 10 months.

9. There Are Buildings Made Of Volcanic Rocks In Yerevan

This land has a beautiful pink city also known as Yerevan!. The buildings are all made of naturally colored volcanic rocks of varying shades of pink  

10. Experience Antigravity? What?

The craziest fact about Armenia is it has a gravity reverse phenomenon at Mount Aragat. There is an upward slope along this route, where a car can climb on its own without even a driver. The stream along this route flows upwards defying the fundamentals of gravity.  

11. The Oldest Shoes Were Found In Armenia

The world has seen the oldest shoes in Armenia, in September 2008. Confusing right? The shoes are aged over 5500 years. The footwear was found together with goat horns in a neatly shaped hole with a depth of 45 cm and a diameter of 44 cm. It has been perfectly preserved thanks to the special microclimate, and that it was under a thick layer of sheep excrement, which acted as a hard protective shell. The shoe was of 37 sizes and was filled with straw and grass.