Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence is the author of the travel guide books 'Chasing the Emerald Buddha: An Alternative Journey Through Thailand, Laos & Angkor' (forthcoming) and 'The Murakami Pilgrimage: A Guide to the Real-Life Places of Haruki Murakami's Fiction.' He has a passion for world cultures, art, literature and music.

Karahunj Zorats Karer

Discovering South Armenia: Tatev Monastery & The Stone Circle of Karahunj

Cave houses, stone circles and underground passageways. These are just a few of the things waiting for visitors in the mysterious region of South Armenia, a place where relatively few people venture. But the southern part of the country is home to some of its greatest treasures. From the scenic mountaintop Tatev Monastery to Karahunj, …

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Garni Temple Armenia

Armenian Adventures: Garni Temple & Geghard Monastery

If ancient pagan temples, rock-carved monasteries and otherworldly geological formations are what you’re after, Armenia’s Kotayk Province is home to all three. Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and the ‘Symphony of the Stones,’ all must-visit destinations in their own right, can easily be combined into a single day trip from Yerevan. And best of all, it’s …

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Erebuni Fortress Yerevan

Erebuni Fortress: Visiting the Ancient Foundations of a Modern Capital

Though much of Yerevan was constructed throughout the 20th century, the city is much, much older. In fact, Armenia’s capital just recently celebrated its 2801st birthday! That makes it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. And today, visitors to the city can go and see the place where it all began: …

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