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Top 8 things to do in Yerevan

Do you want to visit Yerevan? Discover the best things to do and see in the Armenian capital!

Do you want to discover Armenia? Like many countries, its capital is a must. Founded in 782 BC, it is one of the oldest cities in the world. We therefore let you imagine the historical richness it holds… And its treasures of the past blend perfectly with the modern constructions of today.

Today, Yerevan is a pleasant and dynamic capital, where almost half of the Armenian population is concentrated. Strolling through its streets promises you a colorful moment, thanks to the craft shops and open-air markets that line them. A real treat for the eyes, but also the taste buds. Culture is not left out either since Yerevan hosts many festivals every year, and has more than 40 museums and art galleries.

There are really beautiful things to see and do in Yerevan, without forgetting its surroundings which offer many treasures. So follow us, we tell you everything there is to know to visit Yerevan and not miss a beat!

1. Stroll around Place de la République

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Wondering what to do in Yerevan? Place de la République is a compulsory passage. It is the central point of the city where the institutions of the capital gather, with the government house in the front line, but not only. You will also find the Museum of History of Armenia there, with a beautiful fountain located just in front.

It is a magnificent place with pink tones, where it is pleasant to stroll and observe life in full swing. In the evening, you will have the pleasure of listening to the musicians who come to perform, with the water jets of the fountain in the background.

2. Meditate at the Tsitsernakaberd: the Armenian Genocide Memorial and its museum

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Impossible to come and visit Yerevan without going through the infamous Armenian Genocide Memorial. As its name suggests, this memorial was erected in memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Young Turks government between 1915 and 1916. Its granite point, 44 meters high, represents the rebirth of the Armenian nation. Further on, 12 stelae are arranged in a circle with the eternal flame in its centre, where thousands of people come to meditate every April 24.

A visit to its underground museum, opened in 1995, is paradoxically as interesting as it is violent. Indeed, it retraces, with the help of images, the trauma suffered by the Armenians, and brings poignant testimony to this sad part of their history. A place full of emotions not to be missed if you come to visit Yerevan.

3. Discover the Cascades Monument

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Visiting the waterfall is a real must-do in Yerevan. At first glance, it is a pretty park consisting of various terraced gardens and fountains, all connected by a wide staircase. But it is also an art museum on 4 levels, embedded in the hill: the Cafesjian Arts Center. You can admire various exhibitions of contemporary art bringing together paintings, sculptures, drawings or reprographies by great local and foreign artists.

Its access is completely free. Do not miss the last terrace, located 78 meters high, from which the view of Mount Ararat is magnificent.

4. Visit Matenadaran Library

Matenadaran library

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While going to visit Yerevan, discover one of the richest places of deposit of manuscripts and documents in the world: the Matenadaran library.

No fewer than 17,000 manuscripts and 300,000 archival documents rest within its walls. The museum contains works that could be described as real treasures, on all subjects: history, philosophy, mathematics or even medicine. It is also here that you will find the largest Armenian manuscript in the world, weighing almost 35 kg. Gilding, illuminations, gold leaf… Enthusiasts and the curious alike will certainly be amazed in this timeless place!

5. Explore the History Museum of Armenia

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You cannot visit Yerevan without discovering The History Museum of Armenia. Located in Republic Square, in the same building as the National Gallery of Armenia, this museum is a must-see in the city, without a doubt. You will discover around 400,000 pieces through different collections, representing the culture and art of this country and its neighboring regions, through past centuries!

6. Discover Saint Gregory Cathedral, the illuminator of Yerevan

Saint Gregory Cathedral

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To visit Yerevan is to discover one of the most famous cathedrals in the country, Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral of Yerevan. It is also the largest church in the country. Located in the Kentron district, it is in fact a complex made up of three churches: the cathedral and the two chapels. Quite recent, since built in 1997, it is dedicated to Grégoire the illuminator, as its name suggests.

7. Visit the Blue Mosque

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If there is one thing to do in Yerevan, it is to visit the magnificent Blue Mosque, which, as its name suggests, catches the eye with the blue of its exterior mosaics.

You will find it very close to Place de la République, in Mashtots street. Built in the 18th century, it was transformed into a history museum during the Soviet period, which then prohibited all religions. Following the collapse of the Union, the Armenian government decided to renovate the mosque.

Today, the Blue Mosque is the only functioning mosque in the city.
Inside this vast monument, you will find several rooms of great beauty, as well as a delightful garden.

8. Explore the surroundings

Lake Sevan

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When visiting Yerevan, do not miss a trip to Lake Sevan. Located an hour’s drive from the capital, in the region of Gegharkunik, it would be a shame to miss this magical place, nicknamed “the pearl of Armenia”. The Russian writer Maxime Gorky said that it was a “piece of sky which would have fallen to earth among the mountains”….

With its 1,300 km² surface area, Lake Sevan is the second largest mountain lake in the world at 1,900 m above sea level, after Titicaca. Surrounded by mountains, it is the perfect place to relax, stroll along its banks, swim, and have a good time.

Mount Ararat

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If we had to cite a single national symbol of Armenia, it would certainly be Mount Ararat (although today it is partly located on Turkish territory). For the little anecdote, this volcano is considered to be the place where Noah’s ark ran aground.

This incredible dormant volcano is also covered in eternal snow, and culminates at 5,137 meters. Only seasoned mountaineers can attempt its ascent. But you can still take advantage of this magical setting by hiking to reach the high plateaus that surround it. Not to be missed under any circumstances if you come to visit Yerevan!

Geghard Monastery

Geghard Monastery

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You cannot visit Yerevan without taking a trip to Geghard Monastery, located 35 km from the city. Also called Holy Lance of Geghard, this Armenian monastery is located in the marz of Kotayk. The surrounding cliffs overlook the Azat valley.

It is in fact a monastic complex, founded around the 13th century, which blends completely into the rock of the mountains it occupies. Its unique Armenian medieval architecture earned it inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Greek Temple of Garni

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What to do in Yerevan? Discover the Greek temple of Garni, without a doubt. Located not far from the monastery of Geghard, it allows an ideal combo with the latter for a day of discovery around Yerevan.

This temple of the Hellenistic period, dating from -300 BC, is the last pagan temple in the country. It collapsed in 1679 following an earthquake, then was rebuilt using its original stones in the 1970s. Its beauty has earned it a UNESCO heritage listing.

By plane

To come and visit Yerevan, unless you embark on a road trip of more than 4000 km, the easiest way will obviously be to take the plane. A direct flight in less than 5 hours will take you straight to the capital. However, many of the flights that are offered offer a stopover in Frankfurt or Brussels, depending on the company chosen.

To get plane tickets at the best price, do not hesitate to use a flight comparator like Skyscanner.

Where to stay in Yerevan?

If you choose to visit Yerevan, there is no need to worry about accommodation. Because like any capital, it is full of accommodation for all tastes and all budgets. In addition, they are very cheap in general.

For very small budgets, you can opt for a youth hostel at less than 10€ per night for a bed in a dormitory. You should also know that for less than 50€, you can sleep in a beautiful, very comfortable hotel. And why not treat yourself to a night in a luxury hotel? Indeed, here, for a hundred euros, you can spend the night in a high-class hotel. So now is the time to treat yourself! And to find the best prices, do not hesitate to search on an online hotel comparator.

Do you like to feel at home? So head to the Airbnb platform to find the apartment or house of your dreams and have a pleasant stay.

So, are you ready to visit Yerevan? Be ready to be conquered!

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