FAST FACTS ABOUT Armenia
Many visitors will be surprised to know that Armenia is not just a Christian nation, but it is the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. It took place more than 1700 years ago in 301 AD. One can find thousands of churches and monasteries in Armenia. The Christian faith has shaped Armenian culture so intimately that it permeates the very landscape at virtually every corner of the country. Armenians are Apostolic Christians and have their own Catholicos (religious leader, like the Pope for Catholics). About 97% of Armenians consider themselves to be Armenian Christians, having derived their faith directly from Christ's apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the first century AD. At that time, paganism was widespread and practiced by the kings of Armenia.