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Symphony of Stones

By Linda Tancs

The well-preserved basalt columns resembling organ pipes at Garni Gorge in Armenia give rise to the moniker “symphony of stones.” A masterpiece of nature to be sure, but that’s only part of the area’s allure. Another popular feature along the gorge is Garni Temple, Armenia’s only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building dating from the first century, a masterpiece of man constructed of grey basalt like its natural cousin. Allegedly funded by Roman Emperor Nero, the site was used for worship of Greek gods until the country adopted Christianity in the fourth century.


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The World’s Earliest Known Winery

By Linda Tancs

For those feeling nostalgic over barefoot wine stomping, the latest discovery in Armenia is sure to thrill you:  in recent years archaeologists unearthed a wine press for stomping grapes near the village of Areni that dates back over 6,000 years.  The world’s earliest known winery, the discovery brings to two the number of prehistoric finds originating from the same Armenian cave; the locale is also the site where a 5,000-year-old leather shoe was found.

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