If you are planning a trip to Armenia, then its capital Yerevan, also called the Pink city, is definitely, among must-visit places. Despite being the highest populated city in the country, Yerevan is not very big. However, many prefer to drive around it in order to not miss anything. Wondering where to go or what to do? Here is a list of things to see in Yerevan.
The Republic Square
First and foremost, visit The Republic Square, also locally known as “Hraparak”. Constructed in Neo-classical style it was designed in 1924 by Alexander Tamanian, who also created the general plan of the modern city of Yerevan.
Aside from five main buildings, the square includes also the pool with musical fountains also called “Dancing fountains”. One can always enjoy the musical fountain show after 8pm from autumn to spring. During winter holidays, it is the place where the main Christmas tree is located.
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One of the buildings in The Republic Square is History museum of Armenia. Established in 1921, it has a collection of 400.000 objects including documents, as well as archeology, ethnography and numismatics related items. Aside from the publishings, the museum also holds educational activities and scientific programs on Armenian history and culture. It is officially supported and financed by the state.
Yerevan Opera Theatre is one of the most important places to visit in Yerevan. Again, designed by Alexander Tamanian, with two concert halls it hosted not only worldwide famous operas and ballets, but also concerts by contemporary famous artists. Also, every local will confirm that its area is the main meeting spot for locals.
Within 4-5 minutes walking distance from Yerevan Opera Theatre is located Cascade- a big staircase linking the city center with the neighborhood of Monument. Inside and around is located the Cafesjian Museum of art. The surroundings of Cascade exhibit various works of contemporary famous sculptors. With many cafes and restaurants, around, the area also frequently hosts concerts, as well as flashmobs and othe types of events.
One of the main avenues in the city is Mashtots-located at the very center of the city having “Pak Shuka” (“Closed Market”) at the beginning of the avenue and Matendaran at the end. Being one of the main symbolical features of Yerevan, “Pak Shuka” is also claimed to be a significant architectural value for the city. While, nowadays, despite many protest actions, the market is turned into a supermarket, still, some of its important architectural features can be found when visiting it.
Located at the other end of Mashtots avenue is Matenadaran– the world’s largest repository of Armenian manuscripts containing of 23.000 items. Not only the collection is of big importance, but also the area of Matenadaran is a beloved spot for locals. Aside from interesting architectural design, from here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the city, which is especially magnificent at night.
Nightlife in Yerevan
Speaking of nighttime, if you’re a big lover of clubs and pubs, the nightlife in Yerevan will make you look at the city from the other side. Still developing, yet very vibrant, the bars and clubs have many offerings for their visitors. From great selection of cocktails at Simona bar up to foreign artists playing at Poligraf, the nightlife in Armenian capital will surprise you in a good way. In case you prefer more relaxed places to just grab a beer with your friends, than do not hesitate to visit the pubs at Pushkin and Parpetsi streets, which will not dissapoint you not only with affordable prices, but also with the friendly atmosphere.
Here is a small list of places to go in Yerevan. However, the city offers much more than what can be simply described. With hospitable and warm people, interesting Soviet-period built buildings and cozy streets, the small capital will make you fall in love with it.
Rent a car in Yerevan to make sure you will not miss any single thing from the “pink” city.