22 Wonders of Armenian Architecture

Wonders of Armenian Architecture

Posted on June 2, 2011 by kulichik


It is known that seismic activity in Armenia occasionally exceeds the normal limits. In spite of the fact, many houses here are built without observing essential construction standards. In the event of an earthquake, many of them will be easily demolished falling onto each other.


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There is a saying according to which every Armenian must plant a tree, raise a son and attach a house to his apartment in Yerevan.

The 5-storey houses that used to look neat and nice in Soviet times resemble now the Shanghainese slums.

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22 Responses to “Wonders of Armenian Architecture”

  1. Ostyak-Vogul says:

    Well, it has its charm…

  2. perristalsis says:

    Great images of an urban lifestyle; non- conformist and risk takers.

  3. Benfatto says:

    Armenia might have its fair share of problems, at least the people are free to build what they want. A freedom that is lost in most countries.

    When they become more prosperous, sure enough they will start paying more attention to safety, quality and decorum.

    • djhdjf says:

      Free to do (build) whatever people want is not a freedom. It is an anarchy. Almost certainly many neighbors will suffer at some point from that ignorant building.

  4. Jeff Pigden says:

    Looks like New Orleans 9th ward.

  5. CZenda says:

    Poor man´s ideas of how to humanize the tragically ugly and cheap Soviet houses. Guess the patio would be harmless for the static of the joke if constructed as light wooden pergola.

  6. JZ says:

    We also have people who like to expand they’re living area in the apartment buildings, but it’s much more modest and much less ugly than what is shown in those pictures.

  7. mukmika says:

    I like freedom of choice, but this seems a little ‘over the top’.

  8. YJ says:

    Soviet style architecture combined with Middle Eastern style mud hut architecture, it’s actually looked really good why do people dislike it?

  9. kbr says:

    haha russian or no-russian people are the same everywhere… (yes even those in the west)

  10. archy bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. What this thing corrects our spelling too?

    One thing that does not exist in an organized society is freedom to build where and how you like. You must pay proper bribe first, and if you can’t afford bribe, comply. Zoning does serve a purpose:in Tbilisi you see very tall buildings on blocks with nothing but one family houses and it looks out of place.

  11. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. My posts still get deleted. As much as I would like to share with you all I can not sorry.

  12. Hieronymus says:

    seriously, considering how much concrete was likely stolen from the original buildings by various contractors, party aparachniks and mafia types during the original construction, my guess is that the additions on those bloks is not the chief safety concern there.

    anything to cover up the original “modernist” designs of soviet style bloks is quite and improvement, though these additions are not the prettiest thing i’ve seen done with brick and mortar.

  13. X factor says:

    IOB TVOIU MATI with all your censorship

  14. Kirk says:

    I bet the inside if those places are cozy and clean… pride on the inside of the house who cares about the outside, best not to attract attention

  15. driveby says:

    And when the next earthquake happens everyone will be wailing and moaning about the high number of casualties(from these buildings collapsing).

  16. Lucas says:

    It looks like the Brazilian “favelas”, It’s like buildins on the Rio de Janeiro’s hills.

    • Old Timer says:

      Actually it looks a lot like ordinary brazilian cities, not really the “favelas”. Most of Brazil looks like a big slum.

  17. Old Timer says:

    Slumization on its way!!

  18. david says:

    At least they spend their time and energy trying to live better. Most countries in the region are consumed by religious fanatism and live much worse.

    • tea cup says:

      who knows how they live over there? we never get shown a “normal” day in these places on satellite TV in English language. Hoovering the carpet in Yerevan or Kurdistan will not make it to the BBC.

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