Armenia's History

History in the fabled land of Armenia stretches back to the opening pages of the Bible when Noah’s Ark settled on Armenia’s Mt Ararat. The strategic location of Armenia invited invaders who frequently passed through, including the Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Mongols, Persians, Ottoman Turks and lastly the Russians. In 301 Christianity became the official state religion replacing the Zoroastrian cult of Mithra which had prevailed. In 428 Armenia fell to the Zoroastrian worshipping Persian Empire followed by a succession of other occupiers, all leaving their traces on the country. In 1813 the territory of modern Armenia was taken by Russia but most of ‘historic Armenia’ remained under Turkish and Persian rule. During WWI the Turks perpetrated the Armenian Genocide. Following WWI Armenia had a short taste of freedom which began in 1918 and ended with Soviet occupation in 1922. In 1991 the breakup of the USSR allowed Armenia to resume democratic independence.

Our Pick

Armenia travel attraction

Armenia can be daunting so if you would like some guaranteed Western comforts to go with your unforgettable stay in stunning Armenia you’ll appreciate the luxury of Yerevan’s Marriott Hotel. European Country more info

Right Now

The landlocked mountainous Republic of Armenia was born following a difficult labour. Ethnic Armenian’s in neighbouring Azerbaijan rebelled and aided by Armenia, the region was embroiled in hostility until Russia brokered an uneasy peace in 1994. Meanwhile the economy was shattered following the breakdown of Communist central planning and difficulties with its neighbours. Needless to say Armenia has not been high on many holiday wish lists but the adventurous souls who do discover Armenia for themselves are pleasantly surprised to find stunning mountain scenery, ancient historical reminders of past conquerors and a warm, cultured and friendly people eager to welcome tourists all at cheap prices.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player