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Itineraries

Most of the sights in Yerevan are concentrat ed in the center, which is very walkable. Spending a few days visiting the major sights should be enough time, and try to get in a trip t o Vernissage flea market on the weekend. Much of Armenia could theoretically be seen on day trips from Yerevan, but within about an hour of the city are a number of major and worthy trips.      Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and museums (plus Sardarabad monument/museum if you have time) Ashtarak churches, Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Khor Virap Monastery on a day where Mt. Ararat is clear Exploring Khos rov Reserve via Garni - including Havuts Tar Monastery, S Stepanos Monastery, Azat Caves and Kakavaberd Fort ress

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 Erebuni Fortre ss – the excavations, recreations and museum of the nearly 3,000 year old fortress that established Yerevan. Fairly well (and maybe the best) preserved fortress of Urartian Period in Armenia.

Republic Square, the w estern (older) part

Republic Square - Make sure to see the main square. Though it never took the planed shape of the Grand Square of a perfect city of Tamanyan, it still can be considered the finest example of Soviet era architecture as far as squares go. The early buildings (the Hous es of Government, the Ministry of Communications, and the Marriott Hot el) are fine example of Neo-Classical architecture with Armenian hints. The buildings from later period (the Foreign Ministry, and Art Gallery) are Modernist imitations of previous ones.

Northern Avenue - impossible to miss, this pedestrian avenue was just opened in 2008 connecting Opera with Republic Square, the two hubs of c entral Yerevan. It's a Post Modern response t o post-WWII S oviet Yerevan architecture. It is emerging as the shopping district, together with Sayat -Nova ave., Terian st., Tumanian st., and Abovian st.

The Opera House  Abovian street . whic h already was majorly reshaped twice during the first year of its placement. Freedom (or Theatrical) Square is part of The Opera. North side of the s quare is the Opera House.an Art Deco version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stretching nearly the height of the Empire State Building. The Swan Lake park usually hosts various open air art exhibitions. and Hanrapetutian streets. . however it is supposed to be double as beautiful as the Y erevan building is two sided: One side (entrance from the Theat rical/Freedom square) is home to Opera and Ballet Theatre.  The Opera – It's the 'soft ' center of the city. from South it borders the Northern A venue. The first floor and the bookstore of the museum as well as the indoor escalators to the top of the Cascades are free of charge. fountains and waterfalls.It's home to very few remaining Belle Époque period structures of Republican Armenia. and Moorish Revival style can be found in the backyards of Abovian. early Modern (constructivist and the like). Higher level of the Cascades give a spectacular view of Mount Ararat and panorama of cent ral Yerevan with it's hilariously multi-colour roofs. while the street side houses the Khachaturian Concert Hall.the Armenian version of Guggenheim. Most often they are in a very poor c ondition due to neglect. The park itself is part of Cafesjian Museum . might get a special attention if you are not time constrained. Nalbandian. and on the East the square slowly trans forms into park with Swan Lake. It is topped by the magnificent building of the Opera Hous e. Sculptures from Botero and other artists of international fame decorate the Park. Some gems of Art Nouveau. The building is perhaps modeled after S emperOper of Dresden.   Cascades. The Swan Lake park ends wit h the controversial statue of the composer Arno Babajanyan. Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Museum [4] – The Sculpture Park is a small green zone in the immediate North of The Opera. decorated with green stretches. Hanrapetutian st. followed by a park full of open air cafés on the West. The main part of the museum is in the Cascades . It's a massive white stairway up a hillside of c entral Yerevan.

a combination of Jungenstil and Beaux -Arts.the mastermind of Cubism driven Dimentionalism movement in Armenia .a very dynamic E questrian statue. It is best reachable by met ro.It's the eight-lane highway in the center of the city which somehow also accommodates a pedestrian zones on the sides (result of standard Soviet planning of main 'Prospekts').perhaps the most underused building and allegedly the best in Modernist style. It often hosts open air art exhibitions and c oncerts.the oldest park of Yerevan.It's an original building. small scale version of Soviet skyscrapers such as Moscow State University or Warsaw Culture Palac e. Blue Mosque . Feat ures a huge monument of Mother Armenia as well as some Soviet military equipment on display. There are 3 buildings on t he avenue which are well worth attention . sun-dried and conserved produce. Very nice view of the city center.  . The metro stop 'S asuntsi David' ope ns into the square.Amus ement park. It is overly noisy because of the heavy t raffic (mostly unorganised public transportation) but the parts close to The Opera is a favourit e hangout place for the locals. and the additional cost of the guided tour is wort hwhile. Lover's Park [6] . and one of the largest such collections of any kind in the world. one of the extreme few surviving structures of once (before Soviet secularis ation) pros pering Muslim Community of Yerevan. t he building and the statue are in a measly condition now. Covered Market . Main Railway Station is a Neo-classical building. station 'Marshal Baghramian' . with a red -star-topped high spire serving as a symmetry axis. the square.is an 18t h century Shia Islamic Mosque. It still houses a market of fresh. A display room has a sampling of some of the finest works. as the blockade-driven underusage of the railway left the place unattended.Matenadaran. and the Blue Mosque. The building is dug into the hill and can wit hstand a nuclear attack. The Railway Station building dominates the David of Sasoun Square which has the statue of David of Sas oun (hero of the A rmenian epic tale) as a centerpiec e. Recently renovat ed in tradition of Japanese landscaping with A rmenian spirit. Unfortunately.The Cascades (fragment)  Mashtots avenue .    Parks  Victory Park/Monument .  Matenadaran [5] – Houses the worlds largest collection of A rmenian illuminated manuscripts. The state itself is worth seeing (some would claim more than the building): It is the masterpiec e of Kotchar .

There is no entrance fee ever charged.  Katoghike is the oldest surviving churc h of Yerevan.From early Spring to late Autumn each e vening there is a fountain and light show in front of the Art Gallery at the Republic square. Currently. of which Katoghike church will be only a minor part. as well as c ontemporary Jazz. In order to find it you will need a direction from a local. Rock and Pop (US or Russian).This is yet another beautiful remnant of Soviet urban planning in Yerevan. the area of Katoghike (also named St Holy Mother of God) church is under construction: It is planed that a white stone based St Anne Monastery will be built.The Singing Fountains  Children's Park . St Gregory Cathedral . opened in 1937. On the c rossroads of Sayat Nova ave. Usually it spans from 10pm to 11pm. It is a tiny structure constructed in typical Armenian style. If you manage to find t he priest you can ask him to bless you and any object (of non-violent usage) that belongs to you (including friendship and other relationships).  The Singing Fountains . It is free of charge. The park. The program includes some classical favorites. and Abovian st. The park was renovated in 2012. Churches Churches in Yerevan are open from early morning till very late evening. is situated in a gorgeous canyon of Hrazdan river and features a Children's railway. so the "ghost park atmosphere is not that present anymore.

Other     The Ararat Cognac Factory – The oldest factory in Armenia. on a picturesque gorge of Hraz dan River. The church is in the Nork district of Yerevan . The entrance to funicular is at the crossroad of Nalbandian and Charents streets. The candle -house is a separate structure next door. However the church is not immediately next to the funicular stop so you may need some help of the locals at the end. AquaWorld – a water park which is popular with the loc als in the summers. From the Victory Bridge (or alternatively the Brandy Factory building) there is a beautiful view on the church and surroundings (structures of different shades constructed in immediate proximity to the church during the Soviet years of forced secularisation). Because of the sudden death of the benefactor the churc h complex was never finished. Not far from the Republic Square (visible from there). the complex is vastly and visibly unfinished. Levon's Amazing Underground World – see what happened when Levon set out to dig a potato storage cellar for his wife. you won’t be disappoint ed.the sleeping quart er of rich. The funicular itself is a special experience. The building is a megalomaniac exaggeration of traditional Armenian Church Architecture.  St Sargis Vicarial Church is at the border of the city centre. However. Do Old carpets at the mar ket . L'atelier Restaurant Salon Imperial Russian Antique s [13] at the address Mashtots 37.  St Astvatsatsin of Nork is the replic a of a beautiful 18th century St Holy Mother of God (Sb Astvatsatsin in Armenian) church destroye d during the Soviet years of forced secularisation. St Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral was completed in 2001 to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia as a Christian nation. As opposed to all other churches in Y erevan (and Armenia) the Cathedral is full of light and does not carry any stand for candles. Offers tours and tasting. The churc h is always crowded. near Opera. The most convenient way for reaching the church is using Yerevan funicular. Usually there are also many young people as St Sargis (or St S ergius in Western churches ) is the patron saint of young people and of lovers. The holy relics of St Gregory the Armenian were given back to the Armenian Churc h by the Vatican in 2001 and placed in this cathedral.

then head across the street to the amusement park inside Victory Park for some cotton candy and a ride on the rickety ferris wheel. A good place to catch an inexpensive snack. Tumanyan St. near Y erevan State Lingustic University. Cool down in the WaterWorld [15] [16] Medical Procedures . they don't get paid. The most common are heart surgeries. on Tumanyan next to Mer Tagh (above) has excellent khingali (dumplings) with meat or cheese filling. nose jobs.Yerevan offers some world class medical treatments for fraction of the price in the west. Check the pric es on the hard li quor and wines before ordering a bottle if you’re price sensitive. Do not miss an evening with the Republic square Singing Fountains. sadly. +37410 531333  Dona Bakery The underground Dona bakery located on Mes rop Masht ots avenue c lose to the Matenadaran offers delicious pastries.  Design cafe a place t o eat and relax. souvenirs. Station yourself by the sidewalk at Melo dy Café for some of the best people watching in Yerevan. Jaz ve's wonderful costumers can correct it. A walk through the weekend Vernissage a block east of Republic Square metro t hrough the park is a must. The food does not tend to venture far from barbeque and crayfish. Watch out for its misspellings on the menu.        Eat Budget Stands selling Armenian-style "pizzas" called "lamehjun" or "lahmajoun" are prevalent throughout Yerevan. Lagonid is a Middle Eastern restaurant with sandwiches starting from $3. instruments and paintings. but. north of Sayat Nova. attend cheap and excellent performances at the Opera and/or the Chamber Music Orchestra. Lunch time discounts 15%.   For music fans. bot h European and A rmenian. Ice-skate with many locals at the Swan Lake (next to the Opera Hous e) during winter months. west of Abovyan. Catch a concert on t he Cascades or the Lover's P ark [14]. On Nalbandyan St. Ararat. hair removal and las er eye surgery. signat ure interior. and the prices range from very reasonable to the unreas onable. If a national danc e group is performing. delicious food. Internet cafe sec ond hall. 9-11p. There are plenty of these cafe's across Yerevan.m. fertility treatments. to pets and chemistry supplies. St.am. perfect service. don’t miss it. free high speed WiFi. and an art exhibition at Swan Lake park or Lover's Park. Chill out in Yerevan Green B elt. but it is usually good barbecue. From rugs. This cheap snack consists of a thin layer of dough topped with an herb and meat paste. info@designcafe. Spend a late night at a café in the Opera park. Climb the Cascades (or take the escalator inside) one evening for the great views of the city and Mt.  .   Khingali . The most popular among the locals are the Paplavok Park (near Moscovyan and Teryan) and t he Czerny Fountain Park (near Sayat -Nova and Khanjyan)  Visit one of t he themed restaurants in the Hrazdan Gorge t o see the locals partying. Jazve Cafe Lunch and appetizer menu. Either can be served boiled or fried. this outdoor market seemingly has everything. 42 Toumanyan.

Phone: (+374 10) 541222. hours: 13:00-18:00. 18. with its unique examples of silver and German silver jewellery. France. Abovyan st. Armenia today has many skilled craftsmen. 19:00-12:00. Night Clubs In Yerevan there are plenty of Night Clubs. Admission: males: 1000 AMD Kami Club No. Phone: (+374 10) 500441. Address: 37 Moskovian Str. Locals' and tourists' favourite night clubs are:          Bunker Club No. Japan. and their products have been successfully displayed in many Soviet cities. The museum is open from 11:00 to 16:00 every day except Monday. who continue and develop the traditional folk crafts. Citadel Business Center Area The Club [26] on Tumanyan street Tochka Club Opera Area. woodwork. near Moscow cinema. Address: 1/1 Baghramyan A ve. Hungary. carpets. Mer Tagh is a small lahmejun joint on Tumanyan. Yerevan (+ 374-10) 57-56-83 Before leaving Abovian Street. west of Abovyan. Karaoke and Strip Clubs especially in downtown. 54. Admission: males: 2000 AMD Stop Clup Moscovy an street . 64). earthenware and embossed goods. (091) 509020 Champs-Élysée s Club on Northern A venue Ego Club on Kuryun street. hours: from 21:00. No. Phone: (+374 10) 560780 Tornado Club Brand-new huge club in Bangladesh area Popular     Irish pub Parpetsi street Pub Red Bull Moscovyan street Calumet Pushkin street Wild West Pub Tumanyan street MUSEOS Armenian Craft Museum (Yerevan) 64 Abovian Street. the USA. Argentina. and t heir lahmejuns have a big following. Algeria and Nigeria. Sayat-Nova street. Tel: (+374 10) 562504 Opera Club the basement of the Opera building. Czechoslovakia. Pubs. 541226. (Source: Yerevan Guide) . Tumanyan St. 12. Tumanyan St. Phone: (+374 10) 519020. drop into the Armenian Craft Museum (No. Entrance is free.

Will house Gerard Cafesjian's pre-eminent collection of glass artwork. Start by taking the elevator to the top. (Source: Yerevan Guide) Children's Art Gallery (Yerevan) 13 Abovian Street. then descend through the huge collection of Russian.National Gallery of Armenia (Yerevan) Republic Square. (Source: RDA) Minas Avetisyan Museum (Yerevan) 29 Nalbandian Street. Yerevan (+374-10) 53-55-94 The outstanding Soviet Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents (1897-1937) lived a little further up the avenue. in No. 56-18-12 The floors above the National History Museum contain the National Picture Gallery. which is visited by thousands of the poet's admirers and visitors to the city. 17 on the second floor. including the definitive collection of works by renowned artists Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava B rychtova. to open in 2007. The permanent displays will also include a broad range of prominent 20t h century pieces including both paintings and sculpture. and European works. some of the latter copies or else spoils of WWII divided among the various Soviet republics. Yerevan (+374-10) 58-08-12. Yerevan (+374-10)56-07-87 Cafesjian Museum of Contemporary Art (Yerevan) Under construction at the top of Cascade in Yerevan. Yerevan . Yeghishe Charents House-Museum (Yerevan) 17 Mashtots Street. Armenian. His flat has been made into a museum.

When the modern artist David Siqueiros visited the gallery he called it "a true festival for the children of the planet". Poland. all the works exhibited remain the property of the gallery. which now has a collection of over 100. India and Japan. 7. 13 on the corner of Abovian Street and Sayat Nova Street) is of interest. By tradition." Armenian scientists argue that one can derive the name Yerevan from Erebuni by a series of simple phonological shifts. always attracting many lovers of painting. There have been exhibitions of works by children from the Soviet republics. and children are brought up to love art.. Argishti son of Menua built this great fortress. sculptors and stone-carvers. drawing and sculpture. For this reason the world’s first Children’s Picture Gallery (No. an inscription which reads roughly as follows: "By the greatness of the god Khaldi. Yerevan (+374 -10) 57-32-02 The Urartian kingdom centered on Lake Van in Eastern Turkey gave Yerevan its first major impetus. A substantial museum at th e base of the hill formerly known as A rin B erd houses many of the finds. King of Urart u in the year 782. the GDR. Over the years the gallery has developed into a true cent re for developing an aesthetic sense in the rising generation. the first Urartian conquest on the E ast side of the Arax.. (Source: Yerevan Guide) Erebuni Fortress Museum (Yerevan) 38 Erebuni Street. named it E rebuni. . Canada. France. (Source: Yerevan Guide) Contemporary Art Museum (Yerevan) 7 Mashtots Street. Yerevan (+374-10) 53-56-61. The citadel itself was founded by Argishti I son of Menua. Bulgaria. including a few examples of Urartu's splendid met alwork. workshops. then turn left following the trolley tracks on the major street about half a km past the train station). The Urartians built the citadel of Erebuni. the USA. Hungary. We know this on the basis of a c uneiform inscription discovered built into the fortification wall by the gate. Argishti says: the land was waste. on the hill of that name in SE Yerevan. (Take Tigran Mets Blvd from Republic Square.Armenia has long been famed for its artists. a concert ball and a library. t o the power of Biainili and the terror of its enemies. I undert ook here great works. 53-53-59 The Museum of Modern Art occupies the ground floor of No. Romania. Y ugoslavia. The spacious building includes exhibition halls. E very year there are several one-man ex hibitions of works by children aged from three to 16.000 drawings. Czechoslovakia. Frequent exhibitions of works by Soviet and foreign artists are held here. Britain.

the Mayor of Yerevan arranged a festivity marking the 2780th birt hday of Yerevan. B. citadel. [Source: RDA] Genocide Museum (Yerevan) Tsitsernakaberd Park. granites and marbles of the most varied shades. and the monument itself is austere but powerful.C. 52-14-57 The State History Museum in Republic Square (formerly Lenin S quare) is notable for the statues of Catherine the Great and Lenin squirreled away in a back courtyard ready for any change in t he political winds. The largest single exhibit is the unusually big restored skeleton of a primo rdial elephant. Yerevan (+374 -10) 39-09-81. A good time was had by all. 39-14-12 The Genocide Memorial and Museum at Tsitsernakaberd ("Swallow Castle") sits on the site of a Iron Age fortress. basalts. There are als o fossilised fauna and flora from ancient times. all above-ground trace of which seems to have disappeared. Note a Latin . The important archaeologic al collection from Stone Age through Medieval periods is dark and almost unlabeled. Yerevan (+374-10) 58-27-61. The Museum's testimony to the 1915 destruction of the Armenian communities of Eastern Anatolia is moving.suggesting that modern Y erevan is the lineal descendant of this 8th c. (Source: Yerevan Guide) National History Museum (Yerevan) Republic Square. [Source: RDA] Geological Museum (Yerevan) 10 Abovian Street. but should not be missed. Yerevan (+ 374-10) 58-06-63 The museum houses a display of various building materials: tufas. and t he metals and minerals in which the republic abounds. pumice -stones. The mus eum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 every day except Sunday and Monday. In 1998. The riven spire symbol izes the sundering of the Eastern and Western branches of the A rmenian people. The view over the Ararat valley is striking. slags.

The last 5 years of his life he spent in Yerevan in a house which was converted into a museum in 1963. 58-01-78 The Aram Khachaturian museum is located off of Baghramian Street. Posters. .inscription from Ejmiatsin attesting to t he presence of a Roman garrison. garden. There are some interesting models of early modern Yerevan and other historical exhibits of interest to those comfortable in Armenian or Russian. The building has 5 high arches and houses a very complete collection of memorabilia from the course of Khachaturian's illustrious career. [Source: RDA] Avetik Isahakian House-Museum (Yerevan) 20 Zarubyan Street. bedroom. Echmiadzin This museum hous es an impressive collection of primarily non-secular art as well as a very colorful sampling of the gifts Catholicos Vasgen received from around the world during his leadership. the rugs. the highly decorated priests garbs. two minutes walking distance from Moskovy an Street in downtown Yerevan. and many other items are displayed in this large museum. Aram Khachaturian Museum (Yerevan) 3 Zarubyan Street. notes and more fill room after room. and drawing-room. costumes. and can listen to many of his works in a well equipped listening room full of CD's. the ceramics. The museum consists of A vetik's workroom. (off Baghramian Street) Yerevan (+ 374-10) 58-94-18. Manougian Museum (Echmiadzin) Ejmiatsin Cathedral Compound. as well as a number of exhibition halls which focus on different periods of his life. The historical crowns and staffs of gold and gems. You will also see where he lived. Yerevan (+ 374-10) 56-24-24 A vetik Isahakian was one of Soviet Armenia's foremost poets. just past the arch across from the main cathedral's entrance.

1230-1310. Beside the exhibit hall (and a small gift shop with excellent hand-paint ed reproductions of important manuscript miniatures). fixed t he A rmenian calendar). Mashtots (ca. but rather for its status as the eternal (one hopes) repository for A rmenia's medieval written culture.century "fat her of Armenian history"). (built 1945-57. English -speaking guides are usually on deck. Grigor Tatevatsi (theologian of Tatev Monastery. Khachatrian. the execution did not live up to the grandiosity of the conception -. [Source: RDA] Middle East Museum (Yerevan) 1 Aram Street. Cut deep in the hillside behind.or maybe 8th -. Anania S hirakatsi (7th c. is a splendid marble tomb designed to preserve the collection against nuclear holocaust. T'oros Roslin (13th c. not for its exhibitions per se. There are khachk ars and other ancient carved stones in the side porticos. Yerevan (+374-10) 56-37-14 . cleric and law c odifier). studied in Trebizond. and Frik (c a. and shielded by double steel blast doors.matenadaran. the Matenadaran is guarded by the statue of primordial alphabet -giver S. and the central stair frescos of Armenia n history.Matenadaran Manuscript Museum (Yerevan) 53 Mashtots Street.water from a series of underground springs drips through t he vaults. manuscript illuminat or in Hromkla/Rum Qalat near E dessa). Yerevan (+374-10) 58-32-92 http://www. architect M.am The Matenadaran (manuscripts library) is the other world -class museum in Yerevan. all by H. Grigorian). making them unusable until a few million dollars are found for a total reworking. 400) and those of the other main figures of Armenian literature: Movs es Khorenatsi (5th -. The entry hall has a mosaic of the Battle of A varayr. Mk hitar Gosh (died 1213. A vast gray basalt mass at the top of Mashtot s Blvd. poet). mathematician. there are conservation rooms and shelf on shelf of storage (closed except to specialists with advance permission) for the 17000 manuscripts in a dozen languages. Alas. died 1409).

(off Proshyan Street) Yerevan (+374-10) 53-84-73 http://www. the would-be final home of famed Soviet filmmaker Sergei P arajanov (1924-1990). Uniquely among Bolsheviks of his generation. His father was a capable but illiterat e carpenter at the mines. his name somehow left off the list of those to be executed. Mikoyan was educated at the s eminary in Tbilisi at the behest of the visiting Armenian bishop." . Lori Region Sanahin was the birthplace of Artashes Mikoyants. [Source: RDA] Parajanov Museum (Yerevan) 15&16 Dzoragyugh Street. designer of the MIG fighter series. the village of Sanahin had only two literate men. a holding of the Argutinskii family. perhaps the most successful Armenian ever to settle i n Soviet Moscow. The former has an int eresting collection.paradjanov. Anastas survived every purge and change of leadership to become Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.Accessible from the street running behind the State History Museum is the Middle Eastern Museum and Museum of Literature. including a carpet weaving display. His brother Artyom (1905 -1970) was the famous aeronautical engineer. and was the sole survivor of the Baku Commissars. The house-museum of the Mikoyan brot hers is downhill from the monastery. better known to history as Anastas Mikoyan (1895-1978). According to Mikoyan's memoirs. A third brother was killed in WWII. The village itself was impoverished. he was born in Tbilisi and spent most of his professional career in Kiev or Tbilisi. [Source: RDA] Migoyan Brothers Museum (Sanahin) Sanahin Town. joined up with Stepan Shahumian.com The best museum in Yerevan is small and idiosyncratic. the priest and the (sole) monk of Sanahin monastery. whom he deeply admired. He won international fame with "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" and " The Color of Pomegranates. Though an ethnic A rmenian (Parajanian).

Alas. Upstairs are exhibits of carpets and embroidery.but his career was crippled by imprisonment (for homosexual liaisons) and denial of resources. Starting from the right. Sculpture and Architecture. expressiveness and unusual composition. The ground floor central hall contains commemorative material from t he battle. Under perestroika. Director (at least of the military museum) is the head (since the untimely 1999 deat h of Sergei Grigorevich Badalian) of t he Armenian Communist Party. but it became a lovely museum/memorial that also hosts dinners and receptions to raise funds. the lower galleries present archaeological materials from Neolithic to Medieval. [Source: RDA] Martiros Saryan House-Museum (Yerevan) 3 Saryan Street. Parajanov died before the house was finished. Look for " The Childhood of Genghis Khan" and Fellini's letter thanking him for the pair of socks. E ven Saryan’s first canvases show his penchant for bright colours. a driveway skirts the monument ridge to reach a tourist pavilion (refreshments) and the highly attractive Sardarapat museum. Yerevan claimed him as its own. his ori ginal vision of the world around him. His cycle of works painted after trips to Turkey. a mysteriously reliable electrical supply during the dark nights of 1993-95. . Iran and Egypt first brought him renown. He was greatly influenced by Russian art. especially by such painters as Valentin Serov and Konstantin Korovin. modern A rmenian decorative ceramics. and jewelry. Yerevan (+374-10) 58-17-62 Martiros Saryan studied in the Moscow School of Painting." commonly but no longer accurately known as the "Mafia Restaurant" due t o a leather-clad client ele. His figurines from prison -issue toilet brus hes are proof that a totalitarian. and built him a lovely house overlooking the Hrazdan gorge in an area of ersatz "ethnographic" buildings on the site of the former Dzoragyugh village (just behind and left of the upscale restaurant "Dz oragyugh. and implements for various t radit ional handicrafts. [Source: RDA] Sardarapat Ethnographic Museum (Armavir) Armavir Region Bearing left before the Sardarapat battle monument. materialist bureaucracy need not prevail. and the occasional use of firearms). Parajanov's visual imagination and subversive humor are represented in a series of c ompositions from broken glass and found objects.

His epic works are particularly important in that they depict every day life in a n Armenian village. bat on. became the main theme in his work. which are remarkable for th eir psychological depth and philosophical approach. Lori Marz) Wood Carving Museum (Yerevan) 2. Rose). His vers e reflects the sorrow of the Armenian people and a burning protest against their oppressors. Some of his poems take historical events as their theme.4 Paronyan Street. (Source: Yerevan Guide) Tumanyan House Museum (Dsegh. and on his desk by the inkwell is an unfinis hed composition. his violin. The nineteen rooms of the museum contain an interesting exhibition which des cribes the life and work of the poet. Ovanes Tumanyan (18691923) produced masterpiec es of national poetry. its countryside and peopl e.In 1921. Yerevan (+374-10) 58-12-71.. The museum is open from 10: 30 to 16:00 (to 15: 00 on Wednesdays) every day except Thurs day. and from then on A rmenia. Saryan settled in Y erevan. He also painted a fair number of portraits.. piano and many other personal and professional items are on display. in which he c elebrates the beauty of his land renewed. the second storey house-museum of Alexander Spendiaryan opened to the public on the corner of Nalbandian Street and Tumanian Street. including the astonishing "S aryan’s Armenia". The museum is open from 11:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. Yerevan (+374-10) 53-24-61 . Tumanyan Museum (Yerevan) 40 Moskovy an Street. vardi!" (Oh. and are imbued with the ideals of patriotism and the liberation struggle against the foreign invaders. On the first storey t here is a re-c reation of the flat in which Tumanyan lived in Tbilisi for many years (he is buried there). Yerevan (+374-10) 58-07-83. 52-12-99 In 1967. One display case shows the handwritten romance "Ay. [Source: Yerevan Guide] Alexander Spendiaryan Museum (Yerevan) 21 Nalbandian Street. He is particularly famous for his landscapes. 56-00-21 A native of the high mountain village of Lsak h (now Tumany an). Saryan was also productive as a book illustrator and stage designer. A favorit e musical composer and conductor.

This caused the c onversion of the king and Armenia into the first officially Christian nation in the world in t he year 301. . located in the nondescript St. partly carved out of a mountain. Geghard is an incredible ancient Armenian monastery. near the closest point to Mount Arar at within Armenian borders. of the jagged and precipitous canyon of t he Azat river. DAY 2 Leave for Khor Virap Monastery. by the Armenian King Trdat I. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4t h century. the national symbol of Armenia. Mithra. To t his day you can visit the underground chamber he was imprisoned. You'll reach the Monastery of Geghard which is included in the list of UNES CO World Heritage Sites. Its location. The artistic merit and uniqueness of its monuments place Garni among outstanding creati ons of architecture of world importance. the main cat hedral was built in 1215. but also hew them in solid rock. one of the most popular des tinations in A rmenia for a number of reasons.D. Lunch in an Armenian peasant -house in Garni village. The arc hitectural forms and the decoration of Geghard's rock premises show t hat Armenian builders could not only create superb works of architecture out of stone. offers a s pectacular view of the mountain.SALIDAS CHULAS DAY 1 Drive to Garni P agan Temple and Geghard Monastery. fields and mountain slopes covered with motley carpets of varicolored grasses. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before c uring King Trdat III of a disease. primarily because it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. It was built in 77A. Gracing the hillside the pagan temple was dedicated to the God of Sun. Driving for 9 more kilometers from Garni. The architectural complex of Garni was Armenia's foremost center of Hellenistic culture and the summer residence of Armenian kings. It is said that the holy lance that pierced the body of Christ was kept here. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church. The fortress is situated in a picturesque mountain locality and c ommands a broad panorama of orchards. The Pagan Temple of Garni is the only non-Christian temple currently standing in Armenia.

" As a climatic balneal health centre of medium mountain zone. It is considered a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral. Words alone can't descri be the natural beauty of Dilijan. it must be like Dilijan. DAY 4 Leave for Echmiadzin. known in Armenia as "khachkar". Proceed to Dilijan resort town in the north of Armenia. This monastic complex is a masterpiece by the 13th cent ury architect Momik. The monastery played a prominent role in A rmenia's religious. Here stands the famous work of sculpture of Varpet (Master) Poghos. "A genuine piece of sky. A famous writer has poetically characterized S evan. a masterpiece of carved stone cross. Many poets used to say. Overnight in Yerevan. is the focal point of the city of Echmiadzin. It was originally built by S aint Gregory the Illuminator as a vaulted basilica in 301-303. mountains. the oldest church in the world. Due t o its forested mount ains and mild climat e. Lunch in an A rmeni an family in Dilijan town. sunny warm winter and dry warm weather during the whole year. where you can taste different sorts of wine. Hripsime Church.Overnight in Yerevan DAY 3 Leave for Lake Sevan is the largest lake in A rmenia and one of the largest high -altitude lakes in the world situated at the altitude of 1900m above sea level. The church was built on the place of a pagan t emple. Visiting the Monastery of Sevanavank (IX century ) which is located on Sevan peninsula. The breathtaking church of the monastery is St. streams and mineral waters in paradise. Dilijan is named "Armenia's little Switzerland. The next route will lead to Goshavank. just above a deep gorge." You'll see the most beautiful part of the town. which was founded by famous Armenian cleric and law codifier Mkhitar Gosh in 12-13th centuries. where the Armenian Catholicos(Supreme Patriarch) resides. "If there are woods. On the way back visit "Areni winery". mode rate warm summer. cultural and educational life th rough the Middle Ages. Astvatsatsin a two-storied building with an open-air church. the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church. when Armenia was the only count ry in the world the state religion of which was Christianity. The surrounding cliffs offer a spectacular backdrop of mineral colors reflected from the sun. It is also worth mentioning that Noravank once treasured a piece of the true cross-stained with the blood of Christ. brought by a mysterious stranger. built in 7th century. .Continuing to more sout h you'll reach Noravank Monastery. historically. Visit St. Lunch in a lovely restairant on Arpa River bank. Old Dilijan. an architectural gemstone nestled among brick-red cliffs. Dilijan is characterized by mild. dropped down on earth among mountains".

jewelry and other typical Armenian souvenirs. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral is listed among the UNES CO World Heritage Sites.html . Especially striking is the black and orange striped dome of t his churc h. is buried. just under the altar of the church. George) Church. In Y erevan visit Vernisage Market where y ou can buy all kinds of artworks. It houses some relics of St. It's an 11th century structure. Ararat and Mt. Zvartnots. Arargats rising majestically on the western a nd nort hern horizons. Overnight in Yerevan. but a very beautiful cruciform churc h dating from the 7th cent ury. Oshakan . Mesrop Mashtots.com/culturalevents. It 's surrounded by a beautiful garden of fruit trees and roses. Its unique red tiled roofing came down to us completely unharmed. The remnants of Zvartnots. Lunch in Ashtarak. Mashtots Church is where the primordial alphabet-giver. Enlace de interés: http://www. It is situated on the edge of a deep gorge at the foot of Mt.visitarm. It's a hall-type church with frescoes. was t o suppress the Echmiadzin Cathedral by its grandeur. Zvartnots lay in ruins as early as in 10th cent ury. The church is surrounded by a garden with ornament ed Armenian alphabet letter statues. Lunch in a restaurant. St. with Mt. carpets and rugs. the highest peak of Armenia.the remains of which can be seen until now. Lunch in an Armenian peasant house. are a majestic sight. Gevorg(St. Visit Karmravor. a tiny. George.St. founded in the 13th century. Visit Saghmosavank Monastery. even in ruins. The Ruins of Zvartnots are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Drive to Mughni’s St. Ara. On the way back to Yerevan visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral. in the town of Ashtarak. built as Armenia's main cathedral in 641-661. Zvartnots was a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. DAY 5 Drive to A ragatsotn region at the foothills of Mount Aragats (4090m). Gregory.