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Armenia: Beauty In The Caucasus

Although it's a still a little off the beaten track for Western tourists, Armenia is a land of breathtaking natural beauty. Russian travel photographer Ivan Dementievskiy has managed to capture the small Caucasus country in all its mountainous glory.

A village lies below Mount Ararat -- a dormant volcano located in what is today eastern Turkey, but which plays a significant role in Armenian history.
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A village lies below Mount Ararat -- a dormant volcano located in what is today eastern Turkey, but which plays a significant role in Armenian history.

In Armenia's south, an ancient church weathered by time.
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In Armenia's south, an ancient church weathered by time.

Evening light hovers over grassy fields located a short distance from Yerevan.
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Evening light hovers over grassy fields located a short distance from Yerevan.

Evening in the highlands on the border between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. As the sun sets a sharp cold sets in and fog rises from the sun-drenched fields. 
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Evening in the highlands on the border between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. As the sun sets a sharp cold sets in and fog rises from the sun-drenched fields. 

The ruins of an ancient church -- one of many in Armenia. 
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The ruins of an ancient church -- one of many in Armenia. 

Thick fog appears at dusk and dawn.
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Thick fog appears at dusk and dawn.

Spring -- water from melted snow fills the rivers, creating brown-water rapids.
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Spring -- water from melted snow fills the rivers, creating brown-water rapids.

Sunset over Lake Sevan.
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Sunset over Lake Sevan.

The ninth-century Tatev Monastery, located in Armenia's south.
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The ninth-century Tatev Monastery, located in Armenia's south.

A fall landscape on the Armenian steppes.
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A fall landscape on the Armenian steppes.

Boys on horseback followed by their fathers, who herd cows along the mountain pasture.
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Boys on horseback followed by their fathers, who herd cows along the mountain pasture.

The last rays of evening light cast a long shadow over the mountains. Snow is still visible from winters past. 
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The last rays of evening light cast a long shadow over the mountains. Snow is still visible from winters past. 

Mountains on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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Mountains on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Kechut Reservoir, not far from Jermuk.
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Kechut Reservoir, not far from Jermuk.

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