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Stories and Photos from my travels around the capital city of Armenia.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Armenia

Year Visited: 2018 – June

I visited Yerevan during my five plus months backpacking trip through Central and Eastern Europe. After two weeks in Georgia, it was time to visit next country in Caucasus. I took a marshrutka from Tbilisi, Georgia to Yerevan, Armenia; 280 km ride can take up to 8 hours.

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of Armenia.

The marshrutka I took from Tbilisi to Yerevan.

Republic Square is the main and the biggest square of the capital city Yerevan. The Republic Square is truly an embodiment of the Armenian culture and creative mind, it incorporates national stones and national symbols. The buildings that make up the Square are made of Armenian felsite tufa stone. In Apr-May 2018, this square was the home of the Armenian Velvet Revolution.

Pool with musical fountains, The History Museum of Armenia is in the background.
The Government House in the Republic Square.
The Seal of Yerevan and The symbolic key to the city, on Northern Avenue, a pedestrian avenue connecting the Republic Square to the Freedom Square.
The Opera House at The Freedom Square.
A khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone. Khachkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art. Since 2010, Khachkars are inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Zoravor Surp Astvatsatsin Church, built in 1693-94 is the oldest surviving church in Yerevan. In 1889, the Saint Ananias’ Chapel was constructed next to the church
Mother Armenia statue, erected in 1967, symbolizes peace through strength. Its location on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes it look like a guardian of the Armenian capital.
The Cascade Hill, on a clear day, the hill offers stunning view of the city with Mount Ararat in the background.
City of Yerevan with Mount Ararat in Background from the hill of Cascade square.
Chess has been played in Armenia since the early Middle Ages; however, it was institutionalized during the early Soviet period. A country of about three million people, Armenia has one of the most chess grand-masters per capita. Since the 2011, chess lessons have been made part of the curriculum in every public school in Armenia, making it the first country in the world to make chess mandatory in schools.

Few pictures from walking around the city.

Welcome to Yerevan; a beautiful Manhole Cover in the main city square.
I always love antique cars from former soviet union countries.
A beautiful archway near Zoravor Surp Astvatsatsin Church.
Love Locks in the Lover’s Park.
Though Armenia is most popular for its Wine, Kilikia is the most popular beer in Armenia.
Armenia is very popular around the world for its wine.
A wine collection! Wine made out of every kind of berry/fruit you can imagine.

Once Again I was in the right place at the right time, while I was in Yerevan, the country was celebrating Vardavar, The most popular Festival of Armenia, where people drench each other with water. During the day of Vardavar, people are allowed to douse strangers with water. It is common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies on unsuspecting people walking below them.

People celebrating Vardavar at the Swan Lake of Freedom Square.
People celebrating Vardavar at the Swan Lake of Freedom Square.
People celebrating Vardavar at the Pool of Musical Fountain at Republic Square.
People celebrating Vardavar at the Pool of Musical Fountain at Republic Square.

I made Yerevan my base and traveled around the country taking day trips.

One of the day trip was to the Lake Sevan, only 60 km from Yerevan. Lake Sevan, situated at 1900m above sea level and covering 1242 km2, is the largest body of water in the Caucasus region and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. The lake is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Only 10% of the incoming water is drained by the Hrazdan River.

Breathtaking view of the Lake Sevan.
Many Wild Flowers around the lake.
Kilikia, My Favorite Armenian Beer, at the Lake Sevan.
Lada 4×4, my favorite truck, at the Lake Sevan
At the Lake Sevan.

You can find more of my Armenian travel stories and photos by selecting one of the photo below.

After a week in this beautiful country, I took an organized tour to an unrecognized country of Artsakh.

After 3 days of exploring the self-proclaimed republic of Artsakh, I flew to Minsk, Belarus in order to continue my journey through the Central and Eastern European countries.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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