A little about the history of this country for those of you giving me company living under the rocks ; Armenia is one of the world's oldest countries and the first country to have adopted Christianity as its state religion in 301 AD.
Though I knew nothing about the country, I had pictured Armenia to be a predominantly Muslim country. However, my first stint of research about the country admonished all those notions because this country was sprawling with Christian Monasteries! Beautiful Christian Monasteries to be precise.
When we sat down with our copy of Lonely Planet to pick and choose the monasteries we ought to visit, we learned that this country had over 4000 monasteries and churches, and each a better masterpiece than the other. It wasn't going to be easy zeroing in on the few. However, we somehow managed to prioritize 5 monasteries that fit with the rest of our itinerary and drove our way up to all of them.
However, to make your itinerary crafting easier, here's the list of five I went to and can absolutely vouch for. This should save you from going through multiple websites and tour guides like we did.
Fun fact about Armenian monasteries before we start; you will notice that most Armenian monasteries on highlands, perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking green valleys. This was to keep away from invaders and external attacks. Clever move right? So, if you're going monastery trailing in Armenia, brace yourselves to drive up meandering serpentine roads.
And when you do visit these monasteries, be prepared to immerse yourself in Armenian history as these monasteries hold not only significant religious and historical importance, but also immense architectural importance. Armenian monasteries are some of the most well-known masterpieces of cultural heritage to be seen in today's world.