We, Armenians are famous for our hospitality. Since you have already had your first meeting with Armenia, it is time to invite you to the capital of Armenia- Yerevan. Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world, it dates back to 782 BC. It is the most populated city in Armenia and its administrative and cultural center. In this blog post, I want to take you to 5 places in Yerevan, which I hope you will visit someday.
#1 Republic square in Yerevan
Republic Square in Yerevan is a central square, which is a place for all main events and one of the favorite places for evenings walks of locals and tourists. In the center of the square, there are musical fountains with a quite spectacular everyday show (don’t expect Dubai fountains, we are a small nation with a limited budget).
#2 National Gallery of Armenia
It is a country’s main gallery and it is located at the Republic Square. Prepare to spend more than 4 hours inside if you want to see everything. The gallery has 7 floors (!). Being an Armenian, I have visited only two floors so far: the floor with Old and Medieval Armenian art and Armenian XX century Art. Every year I am trying to visit a new floor. The gallery is closed on Mondays, photos are prohibited, therefore be prepared to leave your camera in the locker room.
#3 Vernissage: open-air traditional market
This is one of my favorite places in Yerevan. Tourists love it as well since they can get a handmade souvenir from Armenia for bargain prices. Vernissage is located in the center of the walking distance from a Republic Square. You can find pretty much everything over there: handmade Armenian carpets, silver jewelry, souvenirs, paintings, bags and so much more. After visiting it so many times, I had the idea of my startup IDenteco jewelry store.
Matenadaran is an Institute of Armenian ancient manuscripts. It is a must place to visit while in Yerevan. Matenadaran holds one of the world’s richest depository of ancient manuscripts and books. I was amazed how well colors of the books were preserved. Matenadaran was founded in 1920. At the entrance, you will see a big statue of a creator of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots with his creation.
#5 Yerevan Cascade
If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the capital of Armenia, go to Yerevan Cascade. It is a massive stairway (I didn’t count but read somewhere that there are 572 steps). Also in walking distance from a Republic square, a Cascade area is full of cafes and restaurants, it is a great place to spend the evening.
There are so many other places to visit in this city, I will write about them in my future posts. Yerevan is a really beautiful city with a unique style architecture, it is one of those cities you recognize from a first picture you see. Visiting it once, you will definitely come back.