Armenia

I visited Armenia in 2016 and I was amazed by its many faces. There is something special about the way past, present and future come together. I saw that on one hand Armenia is divided between communist heritage and modern development. I felt that on the other hand it is divided between inside and outside, between emigration and returning. Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, Ottoman, Russian and Soviet (USSR). Because of old and new conflicts Armenian diaspora is much bigger than the Armenian population living in Armenia. In Armenia approximately 3 million people live, but outside Armenia live approximately 5 million (official data) to 10 million (estimations or unofficial data).