Yerevan is one of the ancient cities in the world. It is 2796 years.
As you make a step to Yerevan you will immediately feel some unusual energy that will make the visitor get permanently attached to the city, it will immediately become native and beloved.
This is a city where the old and new, Europe and Asia, traditions and versatility are intertwined. The city where everything seems to be as on a palm: visible, accessible, cosy and warm.
Living in the center of the city you will not feel the need to use the public transport, as you can walk and reach the most charming and the most important places of the city.
And there are many of them...
THE CASCADE COMPLEX
This is one of the most favorite sights of the Yerevan city. The Cascade complex was built in 1970. Cascade is known for its open-air concerts and fireworks, unique monuments, small waterfalls, stunning views on the Mount Ararat, a variety of cafes.
It is a true open-air museum. The works of the famous sculptors such as Lynn Chadwick and Fernando Botero, Khachkars (cross-stones) and sculptures found their place here. At the top you can have a great view – the panorama of the city of Yerevan, where you can enjoy the view of the whole city.
The "Cafesjian Center for the Arts" is at Cascade, which presents the visitors the best examples of the contemporary art. The center offers a variety of exhibitions, which belong to a large collection of contemporary art of Gerard Cafesjian.
All the exhibitions are open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. The last three days of the week the GCA working schedule is usually extended until 8 PM. The entrance for the visitors to the complex, the Mek gallery, museum-shop and Khanjyan Hall is always open.
The area around the building of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, built in 1932, is very crowded and full of life all year round. Residents of Yerevan call it just Opera.
It is the place, where the quests that visited Yerevan can experience and feel the modern breath and rhythm of the city, visit high quality restaurants and cafes, listen to the live music in the open air, enjoy the Swan Lake.
Not far from the Opera building is the Northern Avenue, which connects the Opera building to the Republic Square. Northern Avenue is one of the new places in Yerevan, it is the original place to walk with a length of 500 m. Here you can see modern high-rise buildings, which include apartments, restaurants, brand shops, offices. While walking along the Northern Avenue, you will find strolling musicians, artists, portrait painters, and interesting people and feel the young and modern rhythm of Yerevan.
Walking along the Northern Avenue you will find yourself at the Republic Square - the heart of Yerevan.
Republic Square is the most important architectural complex; the main place for organizing various festivals, celebrations, parades. With its architectural style it can compete with the most beautiful squares in the world.
The Governmental building and other administrative buildings, as well as the «Marriott - Armenia» hotel, Historical Museum of Armenia and the National Gallery, in front of which is the SINGING FOUNTAIN, are located in the Republic Square.
On summer evenings a lot of residents of Yerevan and the guests of the city come to the Singing fountains to admire the view of the fountains and chill out. The foutains that seem to be dancing to the music change in color, and some hollographic images appear on the screen formed from the water jets, creating magical view.
Yerevan is known for its buildings of pink tufa. That`s why Yerevan is called The Pink City. While walking along the streets of Abovyan, Sayat-Nova, Tumanyan, Moskovyan and other central streets of Yerevan you will see a unique style of Armenian architecture, even on the facades of the most common residential buildings.
THE PARKS OF YEREVAN
Near the Opera is Baghramyan Street, where the building of the National Assembly of Armenia and the residence of the President of the Republic of Armenia are located. One of the most favorite parks of Yerevan – the LOVERS` PARK, is located between these two buildings; it has existed since the 18th century. Near the park is the Bagramyan metro station.
The LOVERS` PARK is one of the coziest and well-kept parks of Yerevan with an interesting landscape, where you can relax and have a rest surrounded by the green space, beautiful tiny islands, small waterfalls and ponds, trees and lawns of fresh grass.
Concerts and various events are often organized here. The park has a cafe "Achajur" which always serves fresh and natural food.
And if you want to even more break away from the noise of the city, you can go to the TUMANYAN PARK, which is located in the administrative district of Ajapnyak, near the Kievyan Bridge. This is one of the biggest parks of Yerevan with a beautiful view of the gorge and the Hrazdan River. You can lie on the green grass, relax, read, have lunch, and enjoy the cool air coming from the gorge.
THE ENGLISH PARK
It is located in the Kentron administrative district near the «Congress» hotel and the French Embassy. This is one of the most beautiful parks of Yerevan with dense crone thick-trees, large swimming pool, beautiful alleys and flowers. It is no accident that many new-married couples come here immediately after the wedding in the church, walk and take pictures.
If you visit Yerevan and don’t go to the Vernisage you will lose a lot. This is the place where you can find original souvenirs, jewelry, sculptures, antiques, carpets, gold and silver jewelry, coins, pottery, and paintings, in short anything possible or impossible for personal use or gift.
Vernissage is located in the Kentron administrative district, close to the Republic Square (you can get there from the Khanjyan Street); it works in its entirety on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sale-exhibitions are organized on Saturdays and Sundays in the Saryan Park, which is located in the Opera area. You can find and see paintings of different style, become a part of a fabulous show, as well as purchase and add your painting collection with a new one.
It is impossible to understand the country and its people without getting know the cuisine. Armenian cuisine is famous for its natural and fresh dishes, original way of cooking. For example, khorovats - barbecues are popular in many countries around the world, but only Armenians prepare it in the tandoor.
Every year, on the 18th of September, the traditional Barbecue festival is organized in the town of Akhtala, Lori Region. If you are granted the opportunity to attend the festival, you will get not only an unforgettable experience, but also the opportunity to try different kinds of barbecue.
In addition to the Barbecue festival every year on July 11 other traditional national dish - Dolma festival is held in Armavir region at Sardarapat Memorial complex.
Dolma is the most delicious dishes of Armenian cuisine. Dolma is prepared in many countries in the Caucasus; however Armenian dolma has its unique features of preparation. Dolma with grape leaves is especially distinguished by its unique taste, which you cannot taste in any other cuisine.
You will be fascinated with the traditional Armenian bread - lavash, which is also baked in a special way in the tandoor. Armenian lavash is included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Best offers of the national and traditional dishes can be found in the following restaurants in the center of Yerevan:
If you want to have an interesting evening in some leisure club, we offer you a list of several music clubs:
CULTURAL CENTERS AND MONUMENTS
Armenia is famous for its active bright creative ideas. Armenian monuments and churches are spread all over the world; manuscripts, books, works of art and sculptures preserved in Matenadaran and the museums and libraries of the other countries, as well as folk music found their own special place among the cultural values of humanity.
Matenadaran is a museum and research center of ancient manuscripts and documentary that has the biggest collection of the manuscripts and books of the medieval period from all over the world. Matenadaran is located in the Kentron administrative district. Matenadaran`s database has around 20.000 manuscripts from which 16.000 are complete Armenian manuscripts and the rest are the fragments of the Armenian manuscripts, miniatures, new and foreign language manuscripts. The archive fund has more than 100,000 ancient archival documents.
The Matenadaran is open every day besides Sundays, Mondays and holidays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The National Gallery of Armenia is the country`s major art gallery. Its collection is displayed in 56 galleries, which allow the Gallery to tell the story of national visual arts, decorative-applied arts as well as world culture from ancient times to our days. In the galleries of European, Russian, Armenian and Oriental art the visitors are introduced to the art of Aivazovsky, Sarian, Kandinsky, Donatello and other distinguished artists.
It is located at the Republic Square.
Working hours: from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Last admission at 5:00PM.
On Sunday, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Last admission at 4:15PM.
The Gallery is closed on Mondays.
The History Museum of Armenia is entrusted with a national collection of c. 400.000 and has the following departments: archeology, ethnography, numismatics, documents.
It represents an integral picture of the history and culture of Armenia from prehistoric times of one million years ago till our days as well as presents the rare traces of cultural interrelations with the ancient eastern countries in the Armenian Highland, Egypt Mitany, the Hittite kingdom, Assyria Iran, the Seleucid state, Rome and the Byzantine Empire.
The working hours of the museum:
From Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (entry of visitors stops at 5:15PM). The museum is closed on Mondays.
The Erebuni settlement is located on Arin Berd, which is situated between Nor-Aresh and Vardashen districts in the south-eastern suburbs of Yerevan. It was constructed in 782 BC by one of the greatest kings of Urartu, Argishti the First (786-765 / 764 BC).
The museum’s collection of the Erebuni Historical & Archaeological Culture-Preserve includes 11295 archeological objects relating to pre-Urartian, Urartian, Achaemenian, Hellenistic and early Armenian periods, and are classified in 128 collections. The objects have been discovered during periodic excavations, and accidentally, took place in Arin Berd, Karmir Blur, Shengavit sites and also in different regions of Armenia.
This is the only archaeological museum-reserve in Yerevan, which is open to the public, as well as an important research center for the Urartu period throughout the region.
The Museum and the site are open 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Museum is closed on Mondays.
The museum represents more than 12,000 samples from the schools of the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh, Urfa, Marash, Sivas, Van-Vaspurakan and others. The museum displays items of fine arts, embroidery, silverware, ceramics, carved items made of wood and metal, stone and bone carvings, carpets and rugs.
Here you will find the true Armenian national spirit and beauty, understand the characteristics of the people and national culture.
Modern Art Museum was established in 1972 by the art critic Henrik Igityan. As a specialized museum of contemporary and modern art it became the first and for further 20 years it was unique modern art center in the Soviet Union.
The first exposition was compiled of the works of the artists of 1960s both from Armenia and Diaspora, who have kindly donated their works to the museum. Recently the collection of the Museum was enriched with the works of both Armenian and foreign masters.