The Culture Of Different Nations In One Place

Armenia is a very hospitable and welcoming country. Around 98% of the population are Armenians, but there are a lot of ethnic minorities living in Armenia such as Yazidis, Greeks, Molokans, Russians and etc.

Ethnic Minorities In Lori

Armenia is a very hospitable and welcoming country. The country is considered very safe due to high degree of tolerance by Armenians. However, Armenia is one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world. Around 98% of the population are Armenians, but there are a lot of ethnic minorities living in Armenia such as Yazidis, Greeks, Molokans, Russians and etc. They have different languages, mentality, culture, but they have been living side by side for years. During your tour you will be able to see and get acquainted with the cultures of different nations. You will observe the difference of architectures both in urban ad religious buildings. At the end you will have a change to be hosted by a Molokan family around tea drinking.

Trip Highlights

  • Culture
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Sightseeing

Tashir is a town in the northern part of Lori region with the population of around 7,500 people. Tashir was an ancient residence (3rd millennium BC). It has been settled since the early Bronze Age. However, as a current town,  Tashir was founded as Vorontsovka in 1844 by Russian migrants. Until the 1960s, majority of the residents in Tashir were ethnic Russians. Though, currently, the majority of the population in Tashir are ethnic Armenians, the town establishers have massively impacted the look of Tashir. While walking down the main road, you will see one-floor houses with typical Russian architectural style. Here you will witness how Armenian and Russian cultures have been linked together.

40 minutes

The village of Amrakits is best known for its St. Nicholas the Orthodox Church, which is currently inactive. The present Amrakits village was founded in 1852 by 26 Slavic families (Ukrainian Cossacks) who moved here from Ukraine. The new settlement was originally called Nikolaevka. The church is almost in ruins, but you can still see its beautiful architectural solutions adn style.

30 minutes

The Russian Orthodox church of Vanadzor built in 1893, is located in the city center. It is very close to the train/bus station, and you can easily reach it either by transport or by walking from the city square. Vanadzor used to have a big Russian community who attended the church every Sunday. If you have been to any Armenian Apostolic church, you will notice the architectural difference between Armenian and Russian churches. After visiting the church, you can have lunch at one of the restaurants in Vanadzor.

30 minutes

On your way from Vanadzor to Dilijan on your right-hand side, you will come across two small villages down the road, which will impress you with their layout and cleanliness. These two villages- Fioletovo and Lermontovo, were settled in the mid-1800s by Spiritual Christians relocated from Russia. The villages are inhabited with Molokan Russians, who have different religious views. They are considered  a “close” and cautious community which is an important factor in keeping their identity. You will be hosted by a family in Fioletovo village, where you can see the ordinary Molokan house, wander in the garden and participate in a tea drinking ceremony around samovar with freshly baked pastries or cookies.

1 hour

$50

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Entrance ticket for "Tea drinking in Fioletovo" - $10
  • Transportation - $40

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Food
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Guides Services

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The Culture Of Different Nations In One Place
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  • Pure Air
  • Sightseeing
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Trip Facts

  • Stepanavan
  • 1353 Meter
  • 1 Day
  • By Car

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