Armenia

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Additional Information
Capital Yerevan
Currency AMD
Timezone Asia/Yerevan
Total States 11 Administrative divisions
Airport City Shirak International Airport,Airport in Gyumri, Armenia, Zvartnots International Airport,Yerevan,
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Armenian,
National Animal Eagle
Food Bastruma, Khoravat, Kashlama
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


Destination



1 ) Yerevan
Popular - Historic Building     Location - Yerevan, -Yerevan, -Armenia

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 the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.

The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital. By the late ancient Armenian Kingdom, new capital cities were established and Yerevan declined in importance. Under Iranian and Russian rule, it was the center of the Erivan Khanate from 1736 to 1828 and the Erivan Governorate from 1850 to 1917, respectively. After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire arrived in the area. The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century as Armenia became part of the Soviet Union. In a few decades, Yerevan was transformed from a provincial town within the Russian Empire to Armenia's principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.


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Activity



1 ) Tsitsernakaberd (Armenian Genocide Museum)
Activity Duration - 10am – 5pm     Activity Category - Museum

The Armenian Genocide memorial complex , Hayots tseghaspanutyan zoheri hushahamalir,  is Armenia's official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, built in 1967 on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd  in Yerevan. Every year on 24 April, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, thousands of Armenians gather at the memorial to commemorate the victims of the genocide. The people who gather in Tsiternakaberd lay fresh flowers out of respect for all the people who died in the Armenian genocide. Over the years, from around the world, a wide range of politicians, artists, musician, athletes, and religious figures have visited the memorial.


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2 ) Matenadaran (Museum of Ancient Manuscripts)
Activity Duration - 10am – 5pm     Activity Category - Museum

The Matenadaran, officially the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, is a museum, repository of manuscripts, and a research institute in Yerevan, Armenia. It is the world's largest repository of Armenian manuscripts.

It was established in 1959 on the basis of the nationalized collection of the Armenian Church, formerly held at Etchmiadzin. Its collection has gradually risen since its establishment, mostly from individual donations. One of the most prominent landmarks of Yerevan, it is named after Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, whose statue stands in front of the building.


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3 ) Republic Square
Activity Category - Architecture

Republic Square  is the central town square in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. It consists of two sections: an oval roundabout and a trapezoid-shaped section which contains a pool with musical fountains. The square is surrounded by five major buildings built in pink and yellow tufa in the neoclassical style with extensive use of Armenian motifs. This architectural ensemble includes the Government House, the History Museum and the National Gallery, Armenia Marriott Hotel and the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport and Communications. The square was originally designed by Alexander Tamanian in 1924. The construction of most of the buildings was completed by the 1950s; the last building—the National Gallery—was completed in 1977.


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4 ) Yerevan Cascade
Activity Category - Museum

The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. Designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, and Sargis Gurzadyan the construction of the cascade started in 1971 and was partially completed in 1980.

The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone in Yerevan, Armenia. It links the downtown Kentron area of Yerevan with the Monument neighborhood. Designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, and Sargis Gurzadyan the construction of the cascade started in 1971 and was partially completed in 1980.

Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps, are seven escalators that rise along the length of the complex. There are also exhibit halls connected to some of the landings along the escalators which compose the Cafesjian Museum of Art.

The exterior of The Cascade features multiple levels adorned with fountains and modernist sculptures from the Cafesjian collection. The stairs afford walkers unobstructed views of central Yerevan and Mount Ararat. At the base of the Cascade is a garden courtyard with statues by contemporary sculptors such as Botero, Lynn Chadwick, and Barry Flanagan.


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Festival

1 ) YEREVAN JAZZ DAY

Festival Month - April

Join Phoenix Tour for this year’s celebration of the International Jazz Day at the Cascade Complex in Yerevan. Yerevan Jazz Day brings together musicians and jazz groups from Armenia and across the world to celebrate jazz, and highlights its important role as a form of communication that transcends differences.


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2 ) DOLMA FESTIVAL

Festival Month - May

This is the annual festival celebrating dolma, the dish prepared by stuffing grape leaves and other veggies with a variety of ingredients. You will be exposed to a number of variations of the dish, for preparing dolma is peculiar to every region, each possessing its own flavor due to the use of a different set of spices and herbs. Traditional music, singing and dancing will set the mood for the festival.


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3 ) BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

Festival Month - June

On June 15th, within the frames of the “Yerevan Summer” three month program, the festival of Armenian dishes the “Bread in the Mountains” will be held in Yerevan under the motto the “Yerevan with Flair”. The annual “Bread in the Mountains Festival” is a one day affair of celebrating the ritual and traditional holiday dishes of Armenians and other minority groups. Join the thousands of festival-goers to enjoy delicious food and live entertainment for all ages.


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