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ARMENIA


Location - Caucasus, Europe; Capital - Yerevan; Population - 3 million; Currency - Dram MORE ARMENIA

After crossing the Sotk Pass from Nagorno Karabakh the road goes through an industrial, mining landscape before descending to Vardenis and skirting Lake Sevan - September 2019.

 

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The new 2,000 Dram note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia86The mountainous landscape on the Armenian side of the Sotk Pass, after leaving Nagorno Karabakh

 

armenia163 The village of Noratus lies close to Lake Sevan, 35km south of the town of Sevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia174It's known for the cemetery containing medieval memorial stones. Except these figures, which look very 20th/21st century - Noratus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia180These set of six stone-carved crosses, known as khachkars, date to the 16th century - Noratus

 

armenia177Others date all the way to the 10th century - Noratus

 

armenia181And who do we have here?! None other than French crooner Charles Aznavour. The French-Armenian singer was born in Paris as Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian - Noratus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia182A few kms further north is Hayravank, a 9-12th century monastery overlooking Lake Sevan

 

armenia189After a night in Sevan (on my Armenia1 page) I spent a few days in the capital Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia192The heart of Yerevan is fairly compact, centred on Republic Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia191A shop at Vernissage Market, a series of stalls with handicrafts, clothes, paintings and other souvenirs for sale - Yerevan

 

armenia227A great bird's eye view of Republic Square from the sky lounge at Coffeecharge Cafe - Yerevan

 

armenia204 Fountains in front of the History Museum of Armenia on Repbluc Square - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia201 Taking shade at the History Museum - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia207The fountains come to life in the evening - Yerevan

 

armenia213The fountains change colour and dance to music playing over loudspeakers - Yerevan

 

armenia214Locals and tourists take their seats on the square's benches early for a good view - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia218It's well worth a 45min stop and very popular on dry, warm evenings - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia226Armenian flags dominate the Coffeecharge Cafe on the edge of Republic Square - Yerevan

 

armenia230Fountains are popular around these parts, with more in Shahumyan Park, opposite Republic Square. The capital also makes brilliant use of outdoor cafes, restaurants and bars - Yerevan

 

armenia234There's a cool sculpture in Yerevan 2800 Anniversary Park, an extension of Shahumyan Park - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia239Ararat brandy is one of Armenia's famous exports. Rumour has it Winston Churchill was very partial to a bottle or two after being introduced to it by Stalin at the Yalta Conference - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia246The Blue Mosque was reconstructed in the 1990s with Iranian money, after it was closed during the Soviet era - Yerevan

 

armenia248South of Republic Square is the Surp Grigor Lusarovich Cathedral, consecrated in 2001 - Yerevan

 

armenia249Moscow Cinema is found at Charles Aznazvour Square - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia250 Not for arachnophobes! - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia252A subway mural near Sakhov Square - Yerevan

 

armenia257A buzzing street in the evenings is the pedestrian Northern Avenue, which links Opera Square to Abovyan Street - Yerevan

 

armenia261Cycling street art on a derelict building - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia264A very theatrical-looking sculpture next to Swan Lake at Opera Square - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia266A tea and coffee festival was being set up around the lake - Yerevan

 

armenia268And this is it in full swing, a great family feel, and no-one fell in the water! - Yerevan

 

armenia270Just a few metres from the festival live music. I loved the buzzing outdoor bars, cafes and restaurants in Yerevan on warm September nights. A superb, lively atmosphere - the evenings are highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia274The Cafesjian Centre for the Arts is based inside these flights of steps known as the Cascade - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia275There's several quirky works in the sculpture park at the bottom of the Cascade - Yerevan

 

armenia276A blue kiwi 'sits' behind Woman Smoking a Cigarette - Yerevan

 

armenia288Sure I've seen a massive version of this somewhere else.. - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia286Sculptures on the Cascade's upper levels - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia289There's escalators to the various levels - Yerevan

 

armenia293Take in the views of the city from the top, and if you're lucky get a peak at Mt Ararat - Yerevan

 

armenia300I hope you can make out the very hazy snow capped peak of Mt Ararat. Also, pictured right is the Aznavour Centre, a French cultural centre and home to a museum retelling Charles' life - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia298Further up the hill is a monument the locals aren't overly impressed with, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Armenia's Sovietisation - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia304Head through Victory Park to see Mother Armenia, flanked by a tank and miltary planes. Mother Armenia replaced a huge statue of Stalin in 1967 - Yerevan

 

armenia310The monument houses a military museum, with much of it dedicated to the Nagorno Karabakh war of 1988-1994 - Yerevan

 

armenia315Monte Melkonian was a revolutionary and a military commander during the Nagorno Karabakh war. He died in 1993 and was declared a National Hero of Armenia in 1996 - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia312Charles Aznavour makes another appearance. Born in Paris, he sold 180m records but was also a dedicated fundraiser following the 1988 Armenian earthquake - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia316A (slightly) better view of the two peaks of Mt Ararat rising above Yerevan. The central one is Greater Ararat (5,137m) capped with snow, and Little Ararat (3,896m) is to the left. In Armenian Ararat is known as Masis

 

armenia320A very important sight and a must visit is the Armenian Genocide Memorial, located on Tsitsernakaberd hill above Yerevan. The complex, which includes a museum, commemorates the 1.5 million ethnic Armenians who were killed in the Ottoman empire between 1914 and 1923

 

armenia325Armenians stand silent around the eternal flame. To this day modern Turkey denies the events constituted a genocide - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian visited and laid flowers at the memorial in October 2019 (their father Robert Kardashian was an Armenian-American)

 

armenia330GUM Market is a 5-10min walk from the cathedral - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia329In Georgia the name for the sausage-like sweets hanging up is churchkhela. They're not sausages at all but comprise walnuts encased in grape juice which is then dried. Other nuts are also used, as are many different fruits, leading to a variety of colours. Some liken them to eating candles but I was rather partial to them. Enjoy! - Yerevan

 

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The pomegranate juice was quite bitter but I liked the home-made pomegranate wine, right (it's not for the wine connoisseur though!) - Yerevan

 

armenia335Lenin wasn't an easy find. He's hidden away in a residential quarter off 6 Kievyan Street, just past a map shop if you're coming from Barekamutyun metro station. Go through to the residential area and turn left - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

armenia337The Matenadaran, or book depository, houses thousands of ancient manuscripts, maps and documents - Yerevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website and content Copyright © 2008-2019 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.

 

LINKS

https://armenia.travel - Armenian tourism website

www.hyurservice.com - Hyur tours, a professional outfit based in Yerevan

www.ukzhd.aml - Armenian railways, mainly for the train to Tbilisi

 

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