Capital of Armenia
Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world

The capital of Armenia, Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It dates back to the 8th century.

Some call it the “Pink City” due to the color of the stones used to build most of the city center, a small area called Kentron. During the last decades, after the fall of the Soviet Empire and Armenia’s independence, this area has been developed resulting in many restaurants, cafes and shops.




Republic Square at the center of Yerevan the Capital of Armenia

Republic Square at the center of Yerevan the Capital of Armenia


Republic Square

Nothing compares to a walking tour to get acquainted with this city. The city center with its landmark the Republic Square is the place to start. The impressive Opera House, the 18th century Blue Mosque and the famous Cascade complex.

You’ll be impressed by the history of this city since Persian times to the Soviet period. And the modern part of the city, with its unique architecture and trendy restaurants being found on the main street and the small alleyways.





Cascade

This is a giant stairwell that connects the Kentron area with the Monument neighborhood. You may climb to all eight levels through the stairwell. But those who wish can take the elevator.

The views of the city as you climb the eight levels are amazingly beautiful, especially at night when the city lights up.



Northern Avenue

This pedestrian only street opened in 2007 is 450 meters long by 27 meters wide. Located in the Kentron area it links Abovyan Street with Freedom Square.

Some of Yerevan’s most upscale shops can be located here including Armani, Steve Madden, Desigual and Burberry. There are also a number of chain fast food restaurants and trendy coffee shops.



Lovers Park

This is by far the most popular park among the many parks of the city, and it is also the oldest one. It is built with a Japanese landscape and has been recently renovated with many ponds, waterfalls and space for relaxation. Other parks are English Park, Buenos Aires Park and Tumanyan Park.



Capital of Armenia

Water World in Yerevan a place for the whole family

Water World in Yerevan a place for the whole family


Yerevan Water World

This 30,000 Sq. meters’ water park is the ideal place to cool off on the hot summer days. It is home to 12 waterslides, 7 outdoor pools, 3 indoor pools and 2 children areas.

It is a place for the whole family to enjoy and beside the features mentioned it also has food stands and restaurants.

Head indoors to Aquatek Spa Hotel with geysers, a spa and fitness club. For the children they also boast wall-climbing facilities in the area of the water park.



Swan Lake

Where you skate with the locals, in winter. It is next to the Opera House; Skate equipment is available for rental.

During winter time, one of the large pools of the Water World, is converted into a 500-meter ice rink. This is a must for all visitors to Yerevan.




Kond

This quarter, one of the oldest in the city dating to the 17th century is home to many Persian, Ottoman and Muslim houses with thick walls made originally out of clay and small stones.

These houses sit along narrow streets and alleyways that are about 90 to 120 centimeters wide.




Yerevan Vernissage

This is a weekend open air market along Aram and Buzand streets near Republic Square. It opened in the 1980s by a group of local artists to display and sell their work.

It is a great place to find rugs, wood carvings, paintings, jewelry and musical instruments.




History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan

History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan 


History Museum of Armenia

This museum has a collection of over 400,000 pieces of art and is by far the best museum for those that want to learn more about this capital of Armenia and the whole country.

It features Ethnography, Archaeology, Numismatics and Modern History departments, with collections in each.

You may also visit the National Gallery of Armenia, displaying art of European and Russian artists.

An if you want to learn about Armenia’s sad history go the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.



Yerevan Opera Theater

The Yerevan Opera Theater and Komitas Chamber Music House often have cheap, last minute tickets for operas, symphonies and ballets.

Then there are the nightclubs, pubs, jazz cafés and karaoke bars. These are all appealing to night owls and are a great way to mingle with the locals.



Hrazdan Stadium

Yerevan is home to several football stadiums, with the largest being Hrazdan Stadium, which is the stadium for the FC Ararat Yerevan. The home ground of the Armenia national football team is the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium.

Football fans can easily get last minute tickets for any matches while they are visiting the city. Any of these matches are a lot of fun and a great way for football fanatics to spend an evening or an afternoon.




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cascade by art & julane
northern avenue by Dmitry karishev
lovers park by vaisakh sugathan
waterworld by leipator
swanlake by 23 artashed
kong by travis k witt
vernissage by ji-elle
museum by h-dayan
opera by der reisende
stadium by armen manukov

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