The legend goes that when the Armenians came to God to ask for their piece of land, all the good land had already been distributed, so God gave them the leftovers, full of stones. Armenians infused this land with their soul and expressed all their hopes through it.
Armenia is a rocky country. They say, even grain grows straight out of the rocks and stones here. Stones are part and parcel of this country. Visiting Armenia you will hear the chimes of the stone.
Armenia's landscapes offer boundless beauty. The Armenian plateau is bound on the north by the Lesser Caucasus range and on the south by the Armenian Taurus range, while on the west it descends into the Euphrates valley and on the east in the Caspian lowland. Almost in the center is the huge volcanic massif with two peaks: the Great Ararat (Masis-5156 m) and Small Ararat (Sis 3914 m above the sea level). The mountainous system of the Lesser Caucasus contains many high peaks, among which Aragats (4095m) is the highest on the territory of Armenia. There are a number of fertile valley and the most fertile among them is Ararat valley, which is center of economic, political and cultural life of the Armenians. Several of capitals of ancient Armenia were in this valley. The Armenian plateau is rich with rivers. More than 200 rivers and streams traverse Armenia, with steep falls and rapids. Here lie the origins of rivers Euphrates and Tigris with their tributaries, flowing into the Persian gulf, Kur and Araks, flowing into the Caspian Sea. The longest river in Armeia is Araks, which is the border river between Armenia and Turky. The biggest lakes are Van, Urmia and Sevan. Seven main landscape types are represented across the different altitudinal zones of Armenia. Across these desert, semi desert, dry steppe, steppe, woodland, sub alpine and alpine zones is geography as diverse as high mountain peaks, fertile valleys, picturesque land formations, basalt columns, rock sculptures, and waterfalls. Armenia has 5 scenic canyons, 10 natural lakes. This country of lakes, rivers and springs is also rich of mineral waters. In Jermuk, Bjni, Diligan and other resorts you can treat different diseases by taking baths of mineral waters. Step into the virgins forests of Armenia, where you can see different animals and birds. There are over 200 therapeutic mineral springs, differing in composition and temperature. There is the most important raw material mined in Armenia today, along with bauxite, silver, molybdenum, lead, obsidian, semiprecious stones and zinc. Substantial deposits of pumice, marble, limestone, salt, basalt, granite, volcanic stone (tuff), as well as smaller amounts of gold, diamonds and platinum lie beneath Armenia's surface. Although oil deposits have been identified, the complex geology of the region makes recovery difficult and expensive.
Only one third of Armenia's land is arable, and that portion blooms due to enormous and continuous effort on the part of its indigenous population. That's why they say, "Armenians squeeze bread out of stone".
Here every season has its own beauty.