Touriosity Travelmag|May 2020
Armenia is one of the oldest existing nations of the world. It was the first to officially adopt Christianity as its national religion. From breathtaking views of mountains, spectacular Caucasian landscape, a 3,500 years old culture, architectural splendours, art and craft, friendly people and a number of interesting activities to indulge in, the country has a lot to offer to tourists. The following are some of the biggest tourist attractions in the country.
History and architecture in Yerevan
Armenia’s capital city Yerevan has a recorded existence since 782 BC when the Erebuni Fortress was built here by King Argishti I. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is famous for its architecture that includes Armenian-style churches, Soviet-era buildings, an impressive Opera House, the 18th century Blue Mosque, cascades and fountains.
The most notable area in Yerevan is the Republic Square. Other important attractions include the Yerevan Cascade, Mother Armenia monument, St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, the Vernissage market, a vibrant nightlife and a number of cafés, restaurants and green parks to spend time in. A walking tour of the city centre is the best way to get immersed in the city’s vibrant culture, glorious history and delectable cuisine. Walking up the giant stairwell at the Cascade offers great views of the city, especially at night. A leisurely walk around the Kond is a great experience too. This area, located on a hill overlooking the city centre, is one of the oldest quarters in Yerevan and dates back to the 17th century. It is home to numerous Ottoman/Persian houses that have 5 ft-thick walls that were originally made out of clay and pebbles. In contrast the narrow winding lanes in front of them are hardly 3 to 4 ft-wide.
The city is full of museums and the History Museum of Armenia has the largest collection. For those who want to learn more about the city or the country, with more than 4,00,000 exhibits it is the best museum to visit. The National Gallery of Armenia has the largest collection of Armenian art, but also displays work from many European and Russian artists. The third ‘must visit’ museum is the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
The Hraparak or the Republic Square is the heartbeat of the city and is located in the Kentron neighbourhood. Tourists as well as locals often meet here and spend the evening here. In the centre of the Square are the musical fountains.
Vernissage is a large open-air weekend market in the Charles Aznavour Square near the Republic Square. It is the best place for local art, crafts, jewelry, paintings and souvenirs. If you do not intend to buy anything, it is still worth a visit.
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