Located in the middle of the Caucasus, Armenia borders on Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and
Iran. This picture was taken in the main square of the capital Yerevan.
Armenia achieved independence with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Communism
seems to be regarded as a bad dream. Oddly, Armenia is one of the few countries in the
world to maintain good relations with both Russia and the United States.
The land is rocky and green. Temperatures in the summer can exceed 40 degrees Centigrade,
and the entire country is buried in snow much of the winter. This picture was taken on the
shores of Lake Sevan.
Most people would consider it impossible to learn Armenian. It bears little resemblance to any
other language. Russian is widely used throughout the country because of the decades of Soviet
domination. The signs on this bus station are written in Armenian (on the left in this picture) and
in Russian (on the right). Yellow buses like this one connect the villages. The red canisters on
the roof are propane, which is used to propel the vehicle.
The Armenian Apostolic Church was the first Christian church in the world, dating back to AD 301.
There are medieval stone churches throughout the country, some of which were erected more
than one thousand years ago.
The breakup of the Soviet Union resulted in the closing of many factories in the country. Several
of them blight the otherwise beautiful landscape.
The fruits and vegetables are beautiful and delicious.
Like every country, Armenia has no lack of souvenirs for the tourists.