ARMENIA. COUNTRY OF INSPIRATION
Armenia is one of the oldest countries of the world, standing at the crossroads of civilizations and absorbing cultural trends of east and west, north and south. In ancient times it coexisted with the Phoenicians, the Chaldeans, Hittites, but all these people soon passed away, and Armenia continues its life path. For centuries many have tried to conquer, subdue and enslave this defiant nation, but its spirit is invincible, and the willingness to live is inexhaustible. And now, after passing long and thorny road, the bearer of the centuries-old culture appears before foreigner with warmth of volcanic tuff, flavor of sunny apricot and extremely hospitable people.
Formation of Armenia began in the VII century BC, after the collapse of Urartian Kingdom (IX — VI centuries BC). In 782 BC the King of Urartu -Argishti the First founded the fortress of Erebuni (now Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Throughout its existence, Armenia changed 12 capitals, the last one of which after Ani was Yerevan in 1918). During this period in parallel with the exploration of the cultural heritage of the Urartian Kingdom the foundation of the original Armenian culture had been laid.
Significant events in the history of Armenia were the acceptance of Christianity as the state religion in 301, and creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 406. Armenia has stamped in history as the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as the state religion. Armenia has a significant contribution to the golden fund of world cultural heritage. Some of its material and intangible values, such as monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin, Echmiadzin Cathedral, Church of St. Hripsime, Church of St. Gayane, Zvartnots archaeological site, the monastery Geghard, the upper reaches of the river Azat, music of Armenian duduk and the Armenian Khachqars (cross stones. And whether it would be honest while listing all this beauty not to mention a word about the beautiful music of Komitas, Sayat Nova and Aram Khachaturian, which uplifts a person, purifies and enriches the soul and mind, or about bright, full of vitality and happiness canvases of Saryan and Minas, or about Parajanov's original art, or works of Saroyan and Charents, or …
Evidence of achievements of the Armenians in different spheres of life are represented in the Matenadaran, the greatest treasury of written heritage, which holds 17 000 ancient manuscripts and more than 100,000 ancient archival documents.
One should definitely visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex which is Armenia's official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Every year on April 24- the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day-thousands of Armenians gather at the memorial to commemorate the victims of the genocide. The people who gather in Tsiternakaberd lay fresh flowers out of respect for all the people who died in the Armenian genocide.
Despite our country faced many difficulties during the centuries its people have always believed in the bright future. Armenia is an independent country which declared its independence after the failed August coup in Moscow, on 21 September 1991.
During the last years Armenia gave a birth to a brilliant generation of independence, the generation of leaders, creators, innovators… Never before Armenia has been so rich in talented young people as it is now.
It is hard to introduce Armenia within a few words, innumerable books has been devoted to the description of the origins of its people, its past way, praising its wonderful nature and the greatness of gray mountains, and still it continues to amaze researchers, revealing the secrets of its ancient existence. And one, who manages to uncover and feel this nation, will become its devoted friend forever…