The Big Picture: In Armenia, a History of Faith

Even if you’re not of the spiritual persuasion, it is impossible to ignore the religious symbolism throughout Armenia. After all, a country that prides itself as being the first to accept Christianity has to have something to show for it. Between the khachkars (literally translated to cross-stones) and breathtaking views from millenia-old churchs, this small country makes you feel like you’re a part of history.

Khachkars at Geghard Monastery in Armenia's Kotayk Province. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery was founded in the 4th century at the site of a sacred spring

Iranian tourists, who are increasingly visiting Armenia from across the border at Geghard Monastery

Khachkars at Noravank Monastery. An architectural feast, Noravank Monastery in the Vayotz Dzor Province of Armenia

13th century khachkar at Sevanavank, overlooking Lake Sevan, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world

Founded in 874, the iconic Sevanavank is one of the most visited tourist spots in Armenia.

Father Mikayel who presides over Tatev Monastery in the Syunik region of Armenia

A view of Syunik from Tatve. The 9th century monastery was built on a gorge and became an important cultural and education center during the Middle Ages

Discarded candles at Tatev Monastery

Lighting candles when entering places of worship is customary in Armenian culture

The walls of many churches are covered with graffiti of signatures and expressions of love that sometimes date back to the 1930s

All photos by L.Aghajanian/©ianyanmag



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