Despite having been founded before Rome, Yerevan doesn’t spend too much time looking backwards. A contemporary capital filled with grand, Soviet-era boulevards and landmarks, the city hums with its convivial love for the arts, its culinary traditions, and the outdoors.
While wine-making traditions in Armenia date back thousands of years, the region only became known for its brandy in the late 19th century, with the exporting of ARARAT brandies around the world. While many of the original producers no longer exist, the Yerevan Brandy Company continues its traditional processes in its impressive landmark building next to the Hrazdan river. Take a tour of the factory, learn how the brandy is made, and, of course, taste some brandies for yourself.Learn More
Presiding over the city’s central Republic Square, this museum stakes its claim as one of Yerevan’s best thanks to its truly impressive collection of Bronze Age artifacts. Not only does Yerevan as a city predate Rome, but Armenia is planted squarely in the “Cradle of Civilization,” and its national museum traces the region’s history back thousands of years. The exhibitions that use artifacts to trace the relationships between ancient societies throughout the region are especially interesting.Learn More
Yerevan is full of awe-inspiring, Soviet-era architecture, but the one you can’t miss—literally, as it runs through the city—is this staircase that’s both a park and an open-air museum. A work of art itself, the Cascade is lined with fountains and sculptures, offers panoramic views of the city, and regularly hosts outdoor concerts and events. But there’s more: underneath the Cascade is the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, a top-notch modern art museum and event space with an excellent shop.
Shop like a local and stock up on traditional Armenian handicrafts and second-hand goods at this popular outdoor market held daily between Hanrapetutyun and Khanjyan Streets. Vendors hawk everything from rare books and vintage ceramics to engraved silver and handmade rugs. While the market is open every day, it’s biggest on weekends.Learn More
Less than a 30-minute drive from Yerevan, Armenia’s spiritual capital (also known as Etchmiadzin) is home not only to the world’s oldest cathedral and seat of the Armenian Church, Etchmiadzin Cathedral, but also to several other ancient churches, including the 7th-century Saint Hripsime Church and Saint Gayane Church. Other religious sites in the city include the 17th-century Shoghakat Church and the ruins of the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral.Learn More
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