Yerevan, a city, whose geographical position many people don’t even know, this year will celebrate its 2800the anniversary. Don’t believe? Don’t worry we have a passport to prove that.
According to the legends, during the Great Flood, Noah’s ark landed on Ararat Mountain, when Noah saw the first land he cried “yerevats” – in English “See” and pointed the area where Yerevan was situated. Here is where the name of our capital derived. So when you “land” on Zvartnots Airport make your way right through the pink city.
Do you know that Armenia is the land of Noah?
For discovering my country you need not only the several days but months because every corner of our country has its own unique history and beauty. But if you happen to stay here for only two days, let’s together discover my old and new city Yerevan.
I will be the one who will give you tips and tricks that only insiders can know. And here we go! Let’s start our experience.
A pink city or the heart of Armenia will welcome you with its all beauty and harmony that you wouldn’t expect. The heart of Yerevan starts from the Republic Square, which is located right in the center of the city. It has an oval shape and includes several buildings. In the main building, there are the National Gallery and the History Museum. In front of it are the singing fountains which turn to a miracle when the music starts and the lights turn on. But you can return here in the evening. At the right side of the square is our “Big Ben”.
At the left side of the museum is a drinking fountain with unique round architectural style. Remember all the drinking fountains of the city are fresh and tasty, so you don’t need to carry a water bottle with you. From the fountain, you will see a tiny street lot of cafés and from there opens another beautiful place the Northern Avenue. Only years ago, it was a simple street with several houses but now it’s like a boulevard connecting to squares. It is a straight avenue both sides of it are different shops and open-air cafés, lounge bars and beautifully designed benches where you can sit and enjoy different kinds of music from traditional Armenian to Jazz and Rock and watch the artist painting the portraits within several minutes. In the middle of the avenue near the café, there is a drinking fountain with exclusive modern style.
Walking till the end of the boulevard you will see a great view of the second most important square with Opera Ballet House building. It is a round-form area, in the middle of it is the beautiful Opera House including two statues of great Armenian public figures in front of it. Here is always noisy and full of people, running from this side to another, riding bikes, and roller skating and driving small cars. One thing that will astonish you will be the man who is a 60-year-old roller-skater who flies around the city, creating a special atmosphere.
Next to Opera is Swan Lake, a green area with benches, in the middle of which is a man-made lake decorating the city. It has the shape of Lake Sevan and as the name itself says there are two or three swans swimming in summers. If you’re tired, here you can have some rest by sitting on the grass and have a quick bite. Here is the favorite place of the Armenian youth, so expect a noisy atmosphere. The Swan Lake is also a place where Armenians play Vardavar on a hot July and celebrate the loveliest festival. And in winters the half of the lake becomes skating rink and welcomes the lovers of figure skating.
At the left side of the Opera House leads to the Mashtots Avenue. In the middle of the cross-road is the statue of Auguste Rodin. Here you have two choices, two open-air museums. It up to you where to go first: from the crossroad to left is the Saryan’s Park, a place where you can’t pass faster or walk without looking at your both sides. Because every morning a lot of painters come here, bring their pictures and place them so that visitors can watch them or buy.
After finishing from here, on the opposite side of the street waits for you another wonder of Yerevan. For reaching there you just need to pass the street, walk straight through café and Surprise!!
A whole modernism gathered in one place that you couldn’t even expect. With the big statue of the Architect of Yerevan, Alexander Tamanyan starts a Cascade complex which is a giant stairway with 572 steps. The complex includes fountains, unique statues from world-known sculptors, cafés, and restaurant. The extraordinary statues are the samples of Cafesjian Museum of Art. Among the popular buildings are the big statue of Black “Cat” “Greek Soldier” and “Smoking Woman” and others.
But it is not stony complex, the complex is divided into several floors and each floor has its own unique design with uncommon statues and beautiful flower gardens. From the stairs opens an extraordinary view of the city which is indescribable. At the end of the stairs is the house-museum of our legend Charles Aznavour. A five story-building includes an open-air concert hall, Aznavour’s apartment and the museum with the legendary discs, albums, books, music awards, posters, and photographs.
In the end of your trip, don’t forget to take with you souvenirs from our extraordinary capital, and for that I offer you to choose your gifts from Vernisage an open-air market working only on weekends. You will lose yourself here and won’t get out without souvenirs or any interesting handmade artwork.
P.S. While walking in Yerevan you will never stay hungry because in every step and corner you will find restaurants and cafés offering not only Armenian dishes but also different cuisines from different nations. But I recommend you to try the Armenian cuisine, tasty and unique.
Article by Armenia Discovery