Armenia is a nation, and former Soviet republic, in the mountainous Caucasus region straddling Asia and Europe. Among the earliest Christian civilizations, it’s defined by religious sites including the reconstructed Greco-Roman Temple of Garni and 4th-century Etchmiadzin Cathedral, headquarters of the Armenian Church. Another pilgrimage site is Khor Virap Monastery, in the foothills of Mt. Ararat, just across the border with Turkey.
President: Serzh Sargsyan
Prime minister: Hovik Abrahamyan
Population: 2.977 million (2013) World Bank
Neighboring countries: Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Iran
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Uploaded: May 31, 2016