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If you wish to explore some of mankind’s biggest mysteries, experience ancient culture and picturesque landscapes, along with warm and open local people, Armenia is the perfect place for your next travels. Visiting Armenia, the so called open-air museum and one of the most ancient countries of the world, you will enjoy the most delicious and organic fruits and vegetables and taste yummy Armenian national cuisine, discover ancient monasteries during the day and enjoy modern Yerevan at nights.
The capital of Armenia, Yerevan, is a cozy city famous for its beautiful architecture. The city has a centuries-old history, it was built in 782 BC, which shows that Yerevan is older than Rome! After the First World War, the city developed and expanded its infrastructure and rapidly grew to become a centre of industry, art and culture. Today, the city of Yerevan, with its fascinating mix of the ancient Armenian culture and modernity, has something to offer to everyone. There are a number of top places to visit and many things to do in Yerevan. Ok Be it beautiful landscapes, medieval churches and monuments, or more contemporary attractions like museums, operas, sport complexes, Yerevan has it all!
One of the best places in Yerevan to visit is Matenadaran. This is an amazing museum which is steeped in history and culture. It is a virtual treasure-house of ancient Armenian manuscripts and books covering a variety of subjects such as art, literature, history, medicine and much more! Matenadaran Museum is also the biggest repository of ancient manuscripts – some of them survived more than a thousand years. With more than 23,000 manuscripts and 30,000 documents on display, the museum managed to gather the collection of documents written in 2,000 languages! You can hardly find anything similar in the world, so don’t miss an opportunity to get acquainted with invaluable heritage of mankind.
One of the must see places in Yerevan is Cascade. Visit the Cascade to get acquainted with modern art of Yerevan, go up 572 stairs to get on the observation deck of Cascade, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Mt. Ararat, the symbol of Armenia, where—according to the Bible—Noah’s Ark landed. With more than 1.5 million tourists annually, Yerevan Cascade is—without a doubt—the top most visited destination in Armenia. If you want to feel the Armenian spirit, go visit the Cascade. The beauty of the architectural complex will totally blow you away. Surrounded by numerous art museums, exhibitions, cafes and a vast green area of gardens and waterfalls, the giant stairway is not only a cultural center of Armenia, but a place where you can catch the flow of the city’s life itself. This is a favorite place among the locals, so you can easily find company here.
If you plan to start trip to Yerevan in summer, go to the largest square in the centre of Yerevan, Republic Square, a favourite place with the locals as well as visitors. Republic Square has been designed very aesthetically. The government buildings around the square are built with rose and white stones. An interesting platform which is designed like a traditional Armenian carpet is the central and focal point of the square. Another attraction is a tower with a large clock which lends a curious charm to the area. Many water fountains add to the visual appeal of this square. Being located in the center of the Republic Square, the Dancing Fountains offer an unforgettable music and light show performance that can hardly leave anyone disenchanted. The fountains are immensely beloved by locals as well as tourists. This is a perfect place for romantic evening walks or leisure time with the family.
One of the most interesting places in Yerevan is the History Museum on Republic Square, which is considered as the national museum of Armenia. It is a huge museum with separate departments dedicated to archaeology, numismatics and ethnography, etc. The museum was set up in 1920 and now has an astounding collection of some 400,000 objects. It is actively involved in the preservation and restoration work of ancient relics as well. The ethnographic section is perhaps the most wonderful. On display are preserved samples of finely embellished altar cloths, intricate lacework pieces, national Armenian costumes and exquisite jewellery items. Also, worthy of note are the hand woven Armenian rugs and carpets exhibited here.
If you want to buy some Yerevan souvenirs, go to Yerevan Vernissage – an open-air large market. You can find in Vernissage the best examples of Armenian folk art, unique jewelry, exclusive handmade masterpieces craftsmanship. Visit Vernissage pavilion in Tashir street shopping gallery and take a piece of Armenia with you.
So, if you want to visit Yerevan and enjoy the top tourist destinations, just take two-hour Yerevan Citytour by double-decker bus from France Square, next to the Opera House to have an open-air excursion and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yerevan.
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5 must see places in Yerevan, the Pink City of Armenia