Of all the countries in the world, Colombia is the only one that re-named one of its cities dedicating it to the 1894 Armenian Genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks. The much bigger 1915 Genocide occurred later.
This city, 290 kilometres south and west of Bogota, is the capital of the Quind department, and was funded on October 12 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo, an avid hunter.
Originally, the settlement was called Villa Holguin in honour of the president of Colombia, Carlos Halguin Mallarino. It grew gradually, and today it attracts the rich and famous of Bogota to its many social clubs. They like to spend their weekends and vacations in this gem of a city with a pleasant climate.
The name of the city was changed to Armenia to commemorate the first Armenian Genocide of 1894 – 1997 by Ottoman Turks.
Armenia is now called Ciudad Milagro (Miracle City) due to its rapid growth, healthy economy, exemplary transportation system and its international airport.
Armenia enjoys a warm climate (1483 metres above sea level) allowing banana, plantain, and coffee cultivation.
According to reports, the best aromatic coffee in Colombia grown in
Armenia. The economy is based on these crops, and light industry.
Presently, approximately 100 Armenians call the city home.
The railway station in Armenia is a substantial yellow chunk of South American turn-of-the-century architecture, and a Roman Villa enhanced by shabby neglect, looks like a true Roman Villa.
Today, bus and air travel happen to be more popular, and the station looks even more dilapidated than 20 years ago.
If you happen to be in Bogotá and would like to spend a few days outside of the city to enjoy pleasant weather and experience the lush Colombian flora and fauna, visit Armenia, and if interested, visit Cali, a little further south.