OUR YEREVAN

Walking throughout Yerevan, capital of Armenia

As you explore the many interesting sights in Yerevan, you will learn about the culture and history of one of the world’s oldest nations.

 

With a population numbering over 1.2 million, Yerevan is a bustling city. Yerevan is nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped heights of the majestic mount Ararat, where the Biblical Noah’s Ark first landed escaping the Great Flood, is the main tourist gateway. The central plaza, Republic Square, is designed in the Armenian national style and houses the Government House, the Cabinet and other governmental offices as well as the Erebuni and Marriott-Armenia hotels.

 

Also situated on Republic Square are the Armenian History Museum and the Art Gallery of Armenia. Here, one finds informative and interesting models and artifacts of ancient Urartu and Armenia. In the Art Gallery one finds a worthy section on Armenian art from the seventh century AD. Amongst the many other museums in the capital city, the two most interesting house museums are those of landscape artist Martiros Saryan (1880-1972) and twentieth century composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978).

 

At the top of Mesrop Mashtots Avenue, the main artery of the capital city Yerevan, you will find the Matenadaran – the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Matenadaran boasts the world’s largest collection of ancient manuscripts (over 16,000). The collection includes many valuable works of foreign philosophers, some of which have survived only in their Armenian translation. Among these are works by Aristotle, Eusebius of Caesarea and many others.

 

The people of Yerevan are attached to Abovian Street, perhaps because it was once the city’s main thoroughfare (then called Astafievskaya Sreet), or perhaps because, despite modern trends, it has retained many features of the dear old days. That is why the visitors should start sightseeing from Abovian Street that is in 2 minutes walking from Penthouse H&H. Abovyan Street crosses the Northern Avenue, Pushkin, Tumanyan, Sayat-Nova, Moskovyan and Koryun streets, which are full of historical and cultural sights.

Northern Avenue – part of architect Alexander Tamanian’s original plan for Yerevan – connects Opera Square and Republic Square.

 

Yerevan, the ancient capital of Armenia, extends you a warm and friendly welcome. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. The earliest recorded settlement there dates back to 782 BC. King Argishty I founded a fortress city in the north-eastern part of present-day Yerevan, with the following cuneiform inscription, “With the majesty of God Khald, Argishty, son of Menua, built up this inaccessible castle and named it Erebuni…” You can still see relics from this part of our history at the Erebuni Museum in Yerevan.

 

As you explore the many interesting sights in Yerevan, you will learn about the culture and history of one of the world’s oldest nations.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs