Armenia is geographically located between Asia and Europe, but from a historical and political view, is entirely European. Its hectic past dates back to prehistory, having subsequently been home to Sumerians, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and countless civilizations that left their footprints embodied in it. It was occupied and invaded on numerous occasions, it formed part of the Soviet Union and after several conflicts, finally won its independence in 1991.
This intense history has made it worthy to be on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO both with places as with intangible assets. Included are the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin, the monasteries of Geghard, Haghpat and Sanahin, the archaeological remains of Zvartnots and the sensitive melody of its wonderful native oboe, the duduk.
In Yerevan do not miss the Republic square with its particular Clock tower, the Opera House and the St Gregory Cathedral.
In Burakan, visit the church of Vahramashen and the Observatory, where you can enjoy an interesting tour with an astronomer.
On the slopes of Aragats, about 6,5 km from the village and about four hours walk from lake Kari, are the ruins of the Amberd Fortress, a construction of the seventh century known as the "Castle in the clouds" and well worth a visit.
Also go to the Khor Virap monastery, well known pilgrimage site near the Turkish border, with beautiful views on the Aragats and the Noravank monastery located in a narrow gorge some 122 km / 76 mi from Yerevan.