Armenia - The Best City In Colombia
There are 43 geographical points in Colombia called Armenia, and the capital of Quindio department is one of them. The city of Armenia in Colombia is located near the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes, about 290 km west of Bogotá. It has about 300,000 inhabitants and a pleasant temperature of 20°C all year round.
Before the Spanish colonization, it was the main city of the extinct Quimbaya civilization. After its founding by the Spaniards, the city was at the epicenter of the Colombian coffee “gold rush” that lasted until the end of the 20th century.
The city of Armenia was founded on October 14, 1889 by a group of Armenian immigrants and named after the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion, and the place known as Heaven on Earth, or the stopover of Noah's Ark - Armenia.
Waves of Armenian emigration have been recorded in Latin America since the 19th century, and the vast majority of them were refugees from the first Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire in the 1890s. But more importantly, by the time the city of Armenia in Colombia was founded, the name “Armenia” was already in use in the region. In one of the contracts for the sale of the estate, it is mentioned that this land is located in the village of Armenia.
Although Colombia did not recognize the Armenian Genocide, the city of Armenia approved a decree to hold a Day of Remembrance of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. In memory of the founders of the city and their compatriot martyrs, a monument dedicated to the Armenian victims of the first Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1896 was erected in the city.
The city of Armenia also has a second name - it is called the “City of Miracles” (Ciudad de Los Milagros) for its extraordinary, rapid development, which its inhabitants contribute a lot to. The city of Armenia is also rightly called the “coffee capital” of Colombia (Capital cafetera).
Armenia is one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Colombia, where there are practically no signs of poverty. You will not find large buildings in it, and its main attractions are two famous museums - the Quimbaya Museum of the Disappeared Indian Culture (it stores archaeological samples of ancient Indian culture) and the Coffee Museum.
There are also several universities here, the main of which are the University of Gran Colombia and the University of Del Quindio.