25 amazing things you probably didn’t know about Armenia

June 26, 2018
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It’s 25 years since Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union, and to mark the occasion Telegraph Travel has unearthed a few things you probably didn’t know about the country.

1. It’s home to the world’s oldest winery

At least that’s what the archaeologists claim: in 2011 they discovered what is thought to be the oldest winery on the planet, found, of all places, in a cave near the village of Areni.

Archaeologists reckon wine has been quaffed here longer than anywhere else
Archaeologists reckon wine has been quaffed here longer than anywhere else CREDIT: AP/FOTOLIA

2. It was the first nation to adopt Christianity…

Christianity spread to the now-defunct Kingdom of Armenia soon after the death of Jesus, though it took until the early 4th century for it to be adopted as the state religion. Still, that was earlier than any other country on the planet.

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