I have just been with the team to Armenia for team building. I didn’t know what to expect from this former Soviet republic, but I fell in love with the country and the people. We flew from Moscow to the capital of Yerevan, a flight of two and a half hours and spent two and a half days there. There was time for workshops, eating, drinking, sightseeing, having fun. We saw Yerevan…
Meat and vegetables are often wrapped in this delicious bread.
Partying…here I am with our webmaster, Evgeniy. And going around with very old LADA taxies.
Then we went to see this monastery, an hours drive from Yerevan, built in the beginning of the 13th century. The experience was amazing, I felt so at peace and awed by the remains of a long, long history.
Next to the church we saw old, pre-historic caves, which were used by the first Christians, who came to Armenia, as both small church rooms and hide out from the pagans, who wanted to kill them. Gregory is known to have lived and missioned here in the beginning of 300 AD.
We also visited the pagan temple of Garni. You see stones with Aramaic inscriptions – the language of Jesus Christ, Urartian inscriptions dating back to the 8th century BC. It is the only pagan temple that was not destroyed after Armenia became Christian in 303, because the sister of the King Trdates II wanted to use it as a summer residence. It was destroyed in the earthquake in 1679, though, and rebuilt by the Russians between 1965-1975.
I could certainly go back and see more of this magnificent country with the rich history, and where the people are so friendly!