Yerevan Travel Guide

Yerevan in Armenia © Armenian Tourism Development Agency

With the majestic snow-capped Caucasus Mountain range as a backdrop, Yerevan is one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities. During its Soviet days, Yerevan was known as the 'pink city' due to the colour of the stone used in its buildings.

Most tourists tend to stick to the centre of the city which is easily explored on foot, where they can expect to see some fantastic architecture, wide avenues and an atmosphere reminiscent of Vienna or Paris. Don't miss the Republic Square Singing Fountains, which are illuminated and accompanied by music every night from 10 - 11pm. The rest of the city is easily traversed by the reliable metro system, which operates from 6:30am to 11pm. The metro system is beautifully decorated, and worth using just to see the blend of Armenian motifs and ex-Soviet architecture.

Yerevan is rich in culture, and lovers of classical music will find many venues and performances to entertain them, including concerts at the Cascades and Lover's Park. Cafe culture is predominant here, with many sidewalk venues staying open late. Visitors can enjoy a glass of locally-brewed Cognac, and even tour the Ararat Cognac Factory. Travellers will also note that smoking is a national pastime and many restaurants and public places can be polluted with cigarette smoke, especially during the winter months when it is too cold to smoke outside. For this reason, the best time to visit Yerevan is during the summer months when fresh air and warm days outdoors are the order of the day. The summer months are also the time to see the Singing Fountains: a fountain, light and music show staged nightly in Republic Square.

Visit the fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu, Erebuni Fortress, which dates from the 8th century BC and from which Yerevan's name is derived, while history buffs will be captivated by the Genocide Museum and Memorial, located in Tsitsernakaberd, which pays tribute to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide that was carried out by Turkey. Religious sites include Echmiadzin where one of the oldest churches of Christianity is located, while nearby Garni boasts the 2,000-year-old Greco-Roman Garni Temple, made out of basalt and adorned with Ionic columns. The nearby Roman Baths are also a popular tourist attraction.

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