The people and races that have populated the Armenian highland whose origin stretches into the unknown millennia of prehistory have provided the human substance for its culture. Being on the crossroad of Asia and Europe the country served as a bridge joining both geographically as well as culturally Iran and Indo-China with European civilization - Armenia synthesized the best traditions of Arts, music and architecture of its neighbors and gave them a new interpretation hence not only enriching its own cultural heritage but also influencing that of the neighbours.
A visit to Armenia will help one to define a new interpretation of East-West cultural interactions.
of Christianity and its adoption as State religion later in 301 as well
as the invention of the Armenian alphabet in 405 gave new stimuli to development
of unique cultural traditions here.
distinctive national styles are clear, an Armenian national song can sound
to a westerner hauntingly oriental. In order to understand Armenian musical
arts please visit the House museum of world known contemporary composer
Aram Khachatouryan, go to Philharmonic, the Chamber music hall or to Opera
and Ballet House while in Yerevan.