Armenia’s capital Yerevan. Its the capital to a country with a long history including the times when Armenia was a part of the Soviet Union. Major reconstruction of Yerevean started in 1924 during its Soviet occupation. During this period the city’s appearance changed since church-like architecture was introduced and new streets created. Most of the old buildings were destroyed. It was a new era for Yerevan. Â Armenia’s beauty is not actually found at its modern cities. The real beauty is found at the mountains, where nature itself lies undisturbed with breathtaking picturesque landscapes.
The main air carrier is the Armavia. The airport is under reconstruction and compared to the airports in Moscow, the taxi drivers there are a bit disciplined. No one will run upto you trying to convince you to take his services.
The city seems to have been invaded by advertisers that even street signs have adverts in them, as this one above.
During the weekends there is a bigÂ Vernissage at the city. Here you can buy anything up to old souvenirs.
They sell tablecloths, scarves, and also old clothes. There are many tourists in theÂ Vernissage and the dealers speak English.
Old utencils at display.
A variety of badges on sale at theÂ Vernissage.
Carpets here are so expensive compared to the Iraninan made ones.
The subway here has a double wagonned train. Intervals between the trains are long.
The subway stations are also full of adverts.
The central station of the subway. Its in dire condition. Looks like its been untouched for the last 20 years.
You can find such quiet neighborhoods at the city center.
And a masterpiece of unprofessional construction at the city center.
As you leave the city, you start noticing the beauty of nature. There are cars on hire which one can take. The price varies.
Ararat. This mountain is considered to be the most famous symbol of Armenia. It is depicted in the country’s Coat of Arms. Although today the mountain is in Turkey. After its formation in 1918, the Democratic Republic of Â Armenia was also referred to as “the Ararat Republic” by the Armenian people.
Garni is one of the most reverred treasures of Armenian culture. This is a pagan temple that was restored from ruins during the Soviet era. It is an elegant architectural combination of Hellenistic and Roman styles.
Seven Kilometers North-east of Garni above the Azat River gorge is the famous Gegard. It is famous for its rock architecture.