Yerevan was first mentioned as the capital of Ararat in the 14th-century annals. Towards the end of the 1920s, Yerevan became the capital of Soviet Armenia.
Today, Yerevan is the capital of the Republic of Armenia, a country formerly part of the Soviet Union, and one with a proud commercial, financial, cultural and educational center.
Situated in the northeastern region of the Ararat valley, Yerevan covers 300 sq. km and lies at an altitude of between 950 and 1,200 meters above sea level. Yerevan is surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, from which one can see the panoramic beauty of the city, with Mount Ararat visible from all four corners.
Modern Yerevan is a colorful city with buildings of unique architecture, constructed from marble, basalt, onyx and volcanic tufa stone. The combination of old and modern architectural styles adds to her glory.
The main Cathedral, Saint Gregory the Illuminator was built in Yerevan’s ring-shaped park. Armenia’s largest cathedral can be seen from many corners of the town and the best traditions of church-building are still preserved. Yerevan is divided into two parts by the Hrazdan River, which flows into a deep canyon. Over the years, Yerevan has seen the construction of several bridges.
Numerous cafes and restaurants are situated in every corner of Yerevan, surrounded by fountains, where you can get a cup of coffee for less than 50 cents.
Yerevan’s center is Republic Square, designed in 1926 by chief architect, Alexander Tamanyan, with the involvement of many talented architects. Tamanyan drew up the initial rebuilding plan for Yerevan in 1924, in which the future central square’s main building, the Government House, was finished. The Square has a unified architectural style, which is embodied in the building housing the Council of Trade Unions, the Ministry of Communications, and Hotel Armenia. In front of the Museum of Armenian History and National Gallery of Art, there are fountains which unify music, water and color to provide a special splendor to the Square.
Yerevan’s true beauty comes alive at night with her restaurants, cafes with live music, discos, night clubs and casinos.
The high-quality hotels in the city’s downtown center make Yerevan an attraction for many tourists, with visitors enjoying concerts, artistic life, operas, ballets, symphonic music, theaters, exhibitions and plays, throughout the entire year.
On Saturdays and Sundays, Armenian painters and masters of applied arts exhibit their work near the statues of Martiros Sarian and Vardan Mamikonian, where one can purchase unique and valuable pieces of art and souvenirs.
If you ask any Armenian where Yerevan begins, he will point towards Mt.Ararat. One needs only to go to the top of Victory Park to see the whole city spread at the foot of the beautiful Mt. Ararat, a Biblical Mountain overlooking the City of Yerevan – a mountain which is the symbol of the silent and eternal witness of the magnificent history of Armenia and her people.
We welcome you to our capital city of Yerevan, our Country called Armenia, and invite you to explore its natural splendor.