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  2. 2. <ul><li>Population: 3,213,011 </li></ul><ul><li>Land area: 29,800 sq. km = 11,500 sq. mi </li></ul><ul><li>Capital city: Yerevan (population - 1,103,488) </li></ul><ul><li>Language: Armenian </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Currency: Armenian Dram (AMD), 1$ = 385 AMD </li></ul><ul><li>State system: Presidential Republic </li></ul><ul><li>Parliament: National Assembly, 131 members </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy rate: 99% </li></ul><ul><li>Time zone: GMT+4 = + 9 to Key West </li></ul>
  3. 3. Armenia Key West The straight line distance between Key West and Yerevan is approximately 6794 miles
  5. 5. <ul><li>Armenia is one of the earliest cites of human civilization. Few countries claim as Armenia’ can a history that begins 3,000 years ago and continues to the present. </li></ul><ul><li>Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, an event traditionally dated to AD 301. The roots of the Armenian Church go back to the first century. </li></ul><ul><li>Armenia is an open-air museum of Christianity. There are thousands of Christian monuments such as monasteries, churches, chapels and cross-stones, manuscripts, icons, etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Bible states: &quot;And on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mount Ararat.&quot; (Genesis, 8:4). During the Great flood, after floating on waters for 150 days, Noah’s ark stopped on Mount Ararat, and on this very day, the human race was granted a second birth in Armenia: on Mount Ararat. </li></ul><ul><li>Although the mountain is not in modern Armenia today but it is still blessed mountain for Armenians. This mountain has miraculous beauty, and is a symbol of the motherland for every Armenian living in any corner of the world. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Erevan is located in the Araratian plain </li></ul><ul><li>It occupies 227 square km and is 865 to 1390 m above sea level. </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging from Ancient Castle of Erebuni, which was founded in 782 BC by Armenian king Menua, Yerevan is 29 years older then Rome and Babylon </li></ul><ul><li>It has a population over one million which is 33% of all Armenians living in Armenia. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>REPUBLIC SQUARE </li></ul><ul><li>The heart of Yerevan, the only one in its type, endowed by singing fountains and a magnificent mosaic rock carpet, which covers 3000 year old ruins underneath it! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>MATENADARAN </li></ul><ul><li>has one of the world’s largest manuscript collections in the </li></ul><ul><li>world and has the largest collection of Armenian Manuscripts. </li></ul><ul><li>It has over 17 000 units from Armenian and foreign ancient </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>FREEDOM SQUARE </li></ul><ul><li>Under artistic supervision of the Opera house, where the </li></ul><ul><li>worlds best performers take us to their world of freedom. </li></ul><ul><li>This Square once assembled millions of Armenians to claim </li></ul><ul><li>their independence in 1988 to split from USSR. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>GARNI </li></ul><ul><li>IV-III cc BC, a fortress serving as a residence for Armenian </li></ul><ul><li>Kings. The oldest surviving building in Armenia is the Temple </li></ul><ul><li>of Sun built in the second half of the I century AD. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>LAKE SEVAN </li></ul><ul><li>Is known in the ancient times as the Geghama Sea, is the </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;blue-eyed beauty&quot; of Armenia. Being one of the biggest </li></ul><ul><li>highland freshwater lakes in the world it is 1900 m above sea </li></ul><ul><li>level. It was formed as a result of volcanic activity. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>TSAKHKADZOR </li></ul><ul><li>In late autumn Tsakhkadzor turns to a fairy tale. Pure white </li></ul><ul><li>snow covers valley and downhill and magnificent beauty </li></ul><ul><li>tempts winter sport lovers. Tsakhkadzor is a perfect resort </li></ul><ul><li>for skiers: heavy snowfalls provide a resistant snow cover, and </li></ul><ul><li>lots of fun for thrill-seekers and beginner. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Armenia is a unique country; it has over 50,000 hand-made </li></ul><ul><li>crosses, sculptured of rocks. A typical cross stone is made out </li></ul><ul><li>of slate of volcanic basalt or tuff. In the center of the cross </li></ul><ul><li>stone is the symbol of Christ’s crucifixion and the wheel of </li></ul><ul><li>eternity. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The Duduk is among the oldest Armenian instruments. It has </li></ul><ul><li>a 1,900 year history. Duduk is a wind instrument made from </li></ul><ul><li>apricot timber, and thus it is called tsiranapogh (apricot pipe) </li></ul><ul><li>It has a warm, soft sound that is controlled by pressure of </li></ul><ul><li>the lips and by closing eight or nine holes with fingers. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Armenia is the motherland of the Apricot, is the oldes and </li></ul><ul><li>genuine center for growing apricot. The apricot was </li></ul><ul><li>imported into Europe by Lucullus, a Roman general after </li></ul><ul><li>the 1st century B.C. Because of its origin the fruit was </li></ul><ul><li>known as &quot;prunus Armeniaca&quot; which means &quot;Armenian plum&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Humanity first tasted cognac when Noah planted first vineyard </li></ul><ul><li>at the foot of Mount Ararat. The modern history of Armenian </li></ul><ul><li>brandy started in1887. Of all Armenia's alcoholic drinks, </li></ul><ul><li>Cognac is its best-known product, it won its first Grand-Prix gold medal in France in 1904, followed by 51 gold, 21 silver and 3 bronze medals over the years. </li></ul>
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