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Armenia's Pink City
If you're an early Soviet architecture enthusiast, then a visit to Yerevan is an absolute must. The capital of the Republic of Armenia was aptly nicknamed 'Pink City' owing to the colour of the stone utilized for building as well as for the glitzy sport of the young population. The largest city of the country is known to be one of the globe's oldest continuously inhabited cities and also the administrative, cultural and industrial centre of the nation.
Be sure to explore the Erebuni Fortress. Also referred to as Arin Berd, this glorious structure stands tall at 1017m. It used one of the most significant political, economic and cultural hubs of the vast kingdom. Be sure to view the Republic Square. Spanning an area of 14,000 sq meters, the site is home to 7 major buildings and is popular for its 'Dancing and Singing Fountains', a computer-generated auditory and visual exhibit with the water fountains changing directors and colours in rhythm to a variety of genres of music being played.
When it comes to religious shrines, then head over to Katoghike - the most ancient and surviving church of Yerevan. It is built in a quintessential Armenian style. Another incredible church is St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral was erected to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia as a Christian nation. The structure is a classic representation of traditional Armenian Church architecture. Don't forget to visit the St. Sargis Vicarial Church, at the border of the city centre, on a beautiful gorge of Hrazdan River.
Folks would enjoy heading over to the Sculpture Park. It is a tranquil green space with sculptures from Botero and other artists of global fame that adorn the park. The park is part of the Cafesijian Museum - the Armenian version of Guggenheim. The major part of the museum is the Cascades -an incredible mix of modern-day public square and a massive staircase. One can reach the summit by climbing the stair or by taking the elevator. The amazing backdrop of Mount Ararat behind this iconic structure and the stunning vistas of Yerevan from above adds to the overall charm of the place.
Spend some time at Matenadaran - home to the globe's biggest collection of Armenian illuminated manuscripts, and one of the biggest such collection of any kind in the planet. Head over to the Blue Mosque - an 18th century Shia Islamic Mosque, one of the few surviving structures of once thriving Muslim Community of Yerevan.
When it comes to shopping, there are several shopping complexes in Yerevan that house international brands and designer-labels such as Dalma Garden Mall and Yerevan Mall. But the true heart of the city lies in its traditional markets such as different food ingredients that are important in Armenian cuisine, oriental sweets, local delicacies, fresh fruits. Vegetables and so forth.
The stay options in Yerevan are plenty with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations available for tourists to decide which kind to choose depending on their budget.
Yerevan experiences a steppe climate with long, hot, dry summers and short but cold and snowy winters. The best time to visit would be during the Fall season - September and October - as the temperatures are relatively pleasant.