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Google on "half-buried armenian monastery" gives WikiTravel page on Northern Armenia. There I found Haghpat Monastery. Google images confirms.


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Good thing you ask, because I searched for it before going to the Caucasus last year and couldn't find much. Fortunately, I have the answer to your question. I did Tbilisi–Yerevan back and forth by minibus/marshrutka. Minibuses are great, I recommend them. They're quite fast, cheap, and it's how the locals do it. Plus, the scenery between the two cities, ...


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Here's some first hand experience (I visited the region a few weeks ago). Visiting Armenia is not a problem for Azerbaijan, nor is it the other way around. What is a problem, is having a visa for Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) in your passport when you want to visit Azerbaijan. Indeed, at best, you will not be let in to Azerbaijan. It is said that NKR has no ...


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There are no direct train connections between Armenia and Iran (Wikipedia,Iranrail.net) If you can make it to Jolfa or Tabriz, you can take a train from there.


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Even if Iran's neighbouring countries have good relations with Iran, the question is whether the banking system in the neighbouring countries is liable to the sanctions. Cash withdrawals through ATMs between different banks are handled through interbank networks, many of which exist as standalone networks within a country (as the Wikipedia article linked ...


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Haghpat monastery located in the north of Armenia.


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NO. As a Egyptian national even with a valid USA visa or Saudi residency, you are not eligible to enter Armenia. Answer is from official Armenia Ministry of foreign affairs. Citizens of Egypt are listed who require a visa with invitation only from official ministry of foreign affairs website. Invitations You can see the list of countries, citizens ...


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I am not a lawyer specialized in Armenian migration laws, but it seems you will be forced to pay a huge fine. առաջացնում է տուգանքի նշանակում` նվազագույն աշխատավարձի 100-ապատիկից մինչև 150-ապատիկի չափով: Google translated: a fine equal to 100-fold to 150-fold of the minimum salary. The minimum salary seems to be 55000 AMD. What will most likely ...


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From the official timetable of Georgian Railways. There is a train #202/201 Tbilisi - Yerevan which leaves at 8:20pm and arrives 7am. This train leaves Tbilisi on odd dates such as was yesterday and when you have 31 days in a month skips the 1st. This train will go back the next day such today leaving Yerevan at 10 pm and arriving to Tbilisi at 9 am EDITED ...


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If you go to http://images.google.com, then click on the camera icon in the right of the search box, you can enter the url of an image or upload one to search with it. Using this you can usually find the answer in 2 seconds. It gives this page, and tells you that it is the Haghpat Monastery. Hopefully this will be helpful in the future, and to others.


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Mileage varies related to the traveler's nationality, but I entered Armenia from Georgia just three weeks ago and got a 6 euro visa at the border without any problems. I was traveling on a Dutch passport. Danes and Germans crossing the border at the same time as me also easily got their visa at the border for the low price of 6 euros. The visa fee was ...


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Hertz does, although I haven't tried myself. You can check Hertz's Armenian website (in English), where you'll also get the price and be able to book this exact service. Hertz's Terms and Conditions even has a special section on renting in One Direction specifically for Georgia.


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Actually visiting Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a crime in Azerbaijan, but you won't get in any kind of problem in Armenia because of visiting Azerbaijan. I visited Armenia with a friend who had an Azerbaijani visa in his passport and in Armenia they asked a couple of questions regarding his visit from Azerbaijan in front of us, then they let him go (I'm an ...


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From my experience I will like to advise you NANIKO car rental in Armenia. You can rent a car in Yerevan and leave it in Tbilisi. Also as I compared early (5 month ago) NANIKO was cheapest, so highly recommended.


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Numerous carriers fly to Yerevan: Armavia, AirFrance, Lufthansa, Iran Air, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and the like. Yerevan is connected to all major European and Middle Eastern cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, St Petersburg, Zurich, Minsk, Riga, Kiev, Istanbul, Dubai, Aleppo, Tehran, Beirut and so ...


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All International busses now terminate in the new Central Bus Terminal, Manziriyeh, Tabriz. It is located in the Southern part of the city.


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Obviously some aspects of weather can't be predicted, and will vary from day to day. However, you can give yourself a guide and estimate by considering general conditions, and other climbers' past experiences. For a past experience in October, I recommend having a look at this blog: The first of October aka. the day I finally climbed the north summit of ...


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The train runs from Tbilisi on odd days of the month and from Yerevan on even ones.


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Each country has 3 mobile operators and all of them offer mobile internet (though not all offer 4G). They also all operate on the same frequency meaning you can use the same phone everywhere (make sure your phone is operator unlocked though !) According to their respective Wikipedia pages, coverage seems to be quite good: 98% of populated territory (2010) ...


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I've done this at least twice and there's a new way now since I was last there. Basically there were two border crossings between Turkey and Georgia, but a third one has now opened too. The only problem is how adventurous you are. Because there is only public transport across the major cross on the Black Sea. I've crossed from Georgia to Turkey twice from ...


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You can visit both countries in any order as you wish. This is what many tourists do (when they visit a region, they want to see all of the countries in it) and both Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities are aware of that. As long as you don't enter Nagorno-Karabakh and underlying occupied territories, you won't have problems visiting Azerbaijan. From MFA of ...


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I would not dismiss flying entirely. It is not necessarily more expensive than overland travel and you will save a lot of time that you can spend elsewhere. Travel overland from Istanbul to Georgia and then to Armenia. Travel back from Armenia to Tbilissi. Then fly back to Istanbul. For a departure in one week from now (1st of July 2015) the prices for a ...


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Besides taking the train as @Karlson points out, there are also multiple daily connections by minivan between Yerevan and Tbilisi. I think this took about 7 hours last time I did the journey. Then, from Tbilisi there are trains and buses that can take you to Batumi. I seem to remember there are overnight trains, but a bus is much faster. I don't remember ...


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Turkey and Armenia have strained relations for somewhat obvious reasons, but it's not on the same level as, say, Israel and the Arab world. There have even been faltering moves in the last decade to try to heal the rift and ease towards increased trade, and where these have fallen down, it's been as much to do with pressure on Turkey from Azerbaijan (...


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Okay, I dared to ask the officer while leaving the country and he said it is "RC - Residence Card". I still don't know why only some people got it written but that is the answer.


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Please remember: If you acquire an EU driving license (in this case Bulgaria), you need to live at least 185 days in Bulgaria and your blocking period in your home country must have expired. Driving licenses which violate this conditions are invalid! See EuGH 2012-04-26 Az. C-419/10 and the 3. driving license guideline 2006/126/EG. Your driving license is ...


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On the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan there are number of statements (like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc; You'll find these statements if you go to the site and type on removal of the name in the search box) reading: On removal of the name of _____, citizen of _____, from the “List of foreign citizens illegally visited to the occupied ...


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The only issue you have is getting from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2; as its the only terminal that is not physically connected. Your single entry visa should only be used on your return leg. You did not mention which airline you are using; but one can assume it is not Emirates since you are landing in Terminal 1. The procedure for your wife will be the ...


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According to Timatic, she must stay airside when she arrives in Dubai to connect to the flight to Armenia, and she does require a visa for that country, as well. Even though she has her UAE visa, as it's single entry, she would need it for her return visit to Dubai.


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