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In 2014 I have only spent two or three days in Armenia. Nevertheless, the country made a great impression on me. The landscapes look very different than what I've seen in Georgia. There's something mystical about it. The mountains often look yellowish and purple, rather than the fertile green mountains in Georgia. Below pictures however did't capture this. I've mainly focused on photographing monasteries that are over a thousand years old. Armenia is the oldest Christian country in the world. Christianity began to spread throughout Armenia soon after the death of Jesus Christ and in 301 AD Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as its state religion.

 The monasteries you find in the below pictures are: Haghpat Monastery, Sanahin Monastery, Akhtala Monastery and the Geghard monastery (near Yerevan). All of them were built in the tenth century. Since it is often so dark inside the monasteries I used a mini tripod which enabled me to choose for very long shutter speed pictures (often 10-30 seconds). This way the camera could still capture the beautiful interiors of the monasteries.

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