Posted by: Tiko, 23 August 2019 in Tourism and Rest in Armenia
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Is there nothing above the state?
SUM posted a blog post to Office # 1 yesterday at 1:12 pm
I repeat the post a year ago.
German scientist Hannah Arendt writes in her book "Sources of Totalitarianism" that in a weakened society "there is nothing higher than the state, nothing against the state, nothing outside the state." It takes under its control not only the economy, culture, information, but also the personal life of people, leaving them no "niche" for free thought and independent action.
SUM posted a blog post to Office # 1, Saturday at 2:19 pm
SUM posted a blog post to Office # 1, February 11
Vanadzor is the third largest city in Armenia. It is located in a natural lowland between the Bazum and Pambak ridge. This city will be of interest to those tourists who prefer to combine active entertainment and health tourism. Moreover, if you come to rest in Vanadzor, Armenia, prices, entertainment and attractions will delight you with their availability.
The city is located 145 km from Yerevan, you can get from the capital to the resort by train or bus. Vanadzor has a mountainous continental climate. In winter, the air temperature can drop to -18, in summer it can rise to +24. Due to its location, there are almost no winds in the resort.
In the 13th century, on the site of Vanadzor, the "black temple" of Karakalis was built, which was the name of the city until Soviet times. In the 14-17 centuries. it was the territory of southern Georgia. Since 1849, the city passed to the Erivan Republic and Armenians began to populate it. From 1935 to 1993, Karakalisa was called Kirovakan.
In 1988, as a result of the strongest earthquake, the city was almost completely destroyed. To restore the ancient Vanadzor, specialists in seismic resistance gathered, most of the buildings were rebuilt.
The territory of the city is relatively small: from north to south - 2 km and a width of 600 m. The main street of Vanadzor is Tigran Avenue with shops, hotels, restaurants. From the square, in the middle of the avenue, there is a street leading to the bus and railway stations.
The area in which the ancient city is located attracts with a unique climate and healing mineral springs located within the city limits. Water is used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and heart. It has a perfectly balanced composition and a pleasant soft taste. Several clinics function here at once, offering health services, water and mud therapy.
There are several light industry enterprises in the city: sewing and shoe factories, a chemical plant, an enterprise for the production of gas equipment and others.
Among educational institutions: university, several branches of universities of Armenia, music and medical schools. These institutions train personnel for the entire northern Armenia and the Armenian regions of Georgia.
There are not many attractions in the city. Most were destroyed forever by the earthquake. The main shrine of the city is the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built on the site of the "Black Temple", from which the history of Vanadzor began. The main sights of historical value are located in the vicinity
Dilijan is a small picturesque Armenian city located in the mountains at an altitude of 400 m above sea level in the picturesque valley of the Angstem River. As a climatic resort, this place has been known for about 100 years, thanks to the unique combination of mountain and forest air (ancient beech, oak and pine forests) and a temperate climate. Dilijan became a balneological resort in 1947, when a well with healing mineral water was opened.
In Dilijan, you can not only take health procedures in one of the comfortable local sanatoriums, but also take walks to various attractions, enjoy the picturesque views of the mountains, the river and Lake Paraz, touch the culture of the Armenian people by visiting the museums of the city and street of artisans.
For lovers of gastronomic travel, this sunny land will also be a real boon, as there are many cafes and restaurants in Dilijan and its environs, offering Armenian, Turkish, Middle Eastern cuisine and a wide selection of high-quality local wines and cognacs.
Despite the fact that Dilijan acquired the status of a city only in 1951, the settlement has more than 2000 years of history! Thanks to excavations carried out since the 19th century on the southern outskirts, artifacts dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages (1000 BC) were found: bronze jewelry, daggers, beads, arrowheads, clay vessels. Some of the artifacts can be seen in museums in Moscow, Baku and in Dilijan itself.
In the 4th century. the settlement of Ovk, which was supposedly a hunting ground for the Persian nobility and was valued for its wonderful climate, nature and abundant forest lands, part of which is now part of the Dilijan National Park.
In the vicinity of the city there are several monasteries dating back to the early Middle Ages (11-13 centuries). Haghartsin and Goshvank are the two largest temple complexes located near Dilijan. Visiting the monasteries, one can not only admire the ancient Armenian architecture, but also feel the atmosphere of spirituality and tranquility characteristic of these places.
In the Soviet period, the name of the small Armenian town was known thanks to the popular film “Mimino” by Georgy Danelia, whose hero Rubik was from Dilijan. According to this character, tap water in his homeland was "second in the world after San Francisco" in quality. It is difficult to say whether this is really so, but the mineral water "Dilijan", which is extracted from a well near the city, really brought fame to this resort.
The use of mineral water from the spring is indicated for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (gastritis, colitis, uncomplicated stomach ulcer), diseases of the liver, gall bladder, pancreatitis. Medicinal table water is also used in the treatment of diseases associated with metabolism: obesity, diabetes. In terms of chemical composition and useful properties, Dilijan water is closest to the waters of Borjomi from Georgia or to Vichy from France.
A unique microclimate has developed in the Dilijan region, thanks to dense forests and mountain ranges located around the city, which create an obstacle to the movement of cold air currents. Sunny days in the summer season - from 19 to 24 per month. The temperature in summer is from 26 to 18 ° С. Even in winter, the thermometer's thermometer drops no lower than - 4 ° С during the day and -10 ° С at night. There are snowfalls in winter, but the temperature even in colder months is higher than in nearby cities (for example, in Gyumri).
Among the huge number of countries to which a modern tourist can go, beautiful Armenia stands out brightly. This is a country that conquers every traveler not only with an amazingly versatile and contrasting culture, but also with delicious cuisine, extraordinary beauty of landscapes, many sights and monuments of antiquity.
A pleasant bonus to this is the country's transport accessibility for Russian citizens: a visa-free regime has been established between the states, which means that to cross the border, an ordinary tourist will only need a foreign passport, and more recently it has become possible to visit the country even with a Russian one. passport.
The full official name of the country is the Republic of Armenia (hereinafter RA), it is located on the territory of the Transcaucasus, occupying an area of almost 30 thousand km 2: the northern part of Western Asia, the northeastern part of the Armenian Highlands. The RA is landlocked, on the south side it borders with Iran, in the north - with Georgia, in the west - with Turkey, and in the east - with Azerbaijan and the NKR (unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).
Due to the large number of altitude differences, the climatic conditions in the country are different. RA is located in subtropical latitudes, but the subtropical climate does not dominate everywhere: it is clearly expressed in the southern part of the state (the city of Meghri), in other regions, a high-altitude or continental climate dominates, which is characterized by hot summers and cold winters. On the territory of the plains, the air temperature in summer fluctuates between 20 and 25 C o, in winter the temperature can drop to -5 C o. Those regions of the country on which mountains of medium elevation are located (medium mountains - 1000-1500 m above sea level) are characterized by temperature drops from -10 in winter to +20 C o - in summer.
The largest amount of precipitation occurs in Syunik and Lori regions, where most of the land is covered with forests.
Today, the easiest way to get to Armenia from Russia is air travel. Previously used direct rail links between Armenia and Russia have been closed. For those who are not looking for easy ways, there is an opportunity to get into the country by personal transport, but for this you will have to cross the borders of countries such as Georgia or Iran.
Flights between Russia and Armenia are operated by Aeroflot, S7, UTair. The flight from Moscow lasts within 3 hours, the ticket will cost from 4000 rubles.
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