Top 9 The Oldest Countries and Nations in the World - Page 3 of 9 - 9facts

Top 9 The Oldest Countries and Nations in the World

#3. Armenia

Armenia - Top 9 The Oldest Countries and Nations in the World

Much like the Jewish people, Armenia is a nation known for its great diaspora. Nonetheless, the
Armenians have possessed a country for most of the last 2,600 years, with the first mentions of Armenia
occurring in the 6th century BCE. Yerevan, now the capital of Armenia, was founded as far back as 782
BCE. The Armenians were also the first state to officially accept Christianity as a state religion in 301 CE,
and the country still adheres very strongly to their own Armenian Apostolic Church. Besides the diaspora, another unfortunate similarity that the Armenians share with the Jews was a genocide perpetrated against them at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915—17.

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