Armenia is in many ways an enigma: a strongly Christian country yet ruled for most of the last 2000 years by outsiders who were not Christian; a country where the symbol of Mount Ararat is omnipresent even though the biblical mountain is now in Turkey; and, a country where the cooking is Middle Eastern but the street life southern European.
Bradt Travel Guide: Armenia guides you to the country's many monasteries, Selim caravanserai, the field of 900 intricately carved cross-stones at Noratus, the petroglyphs of Mount Ishkhanasar and the museums and markets of Yerevan. There is extensive information about natural history and the arts as well all the practical information needed to explore this fascinating country.
"Clear and comprehensive guide. Holding is knowledgeable and above all engaging."
- The Times Literary Supplement
"The best guidebook."
- Times Online
"For anyone planning a visit the Bradt Guide to Armenia should be their first choice of reference."
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information Geography and climate, Natural history, History, Economy, People, Religion, Education, Architecture, The arts
Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Armenian embassies abroad, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Other dangers and annoyances, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Media and communications, Business, Buying a property in Armenia, Cultural etiquette, Giving something back.
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Yerevan
Chapter 4 The Central Provinces
Chapter 5 The Northern Provinces
Chapter 6 The Southern Provinces
Chapter 7 Nagorno Karabagh
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further reading
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Author Nicholas Holding died after publication of the second edition of Bradt's Armenia. Deirdre Holding, the author's widow, accompanied him on all previous research trips and shares his passion for the country.