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The Republic of Armenia’s capital of Yerevan is home to one million people, and a key hub for the South Caucasus’ industrial and financial epicentres, powering the economy of this newly emerging Eastern European location.
Book a flight to Yerevan with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a destination with a strong regional identity and modernist aspirations that make it an exciting and entertaining place to visit.
This modern city is the brainchild of Soviet architect Alexander Tamanyan, who envisioned and designed its streets and boulevards in the neo-classical revivalist style reminiscent of Paris and Saint Petersburg.
Flights to Yerevan allow the adventurous traveller to discover the true delights of the ‘Pink City’ – a unique and vibrant destination, with many other interesting and unique things to do.
Although much of the city is recent (built during the Soviet era), one of the key attractions is the ancient Erebuni Fortress.
There is evidence that the fortress has been located on this spot for at least 3,000 years, and the current and exceptionally well-preserved structure is the best example of Urartian Period construction in the country.
At the very heart of the city is the stunning Opera House, a beautiful building believed to be modelled on the SemperOper of Dresden.
Music lovers taking a trip to Yerevan can look forward to an extensive programme of concerts and operas, and thanks to Armenia’s position as a rising star in the South Caucasus region, the Opera House now attracts high profile musicians and singers from around the world.
Just north of the Opera House is the visually stunning Cascades, Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Museum.
The Cascades is a towering Art Deco representation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, while the surrounding Sculpture Park is a delightfully well-maintained park with waterfalls and excellent views of Mount Ararat from its highest point.
Museums are very popular in Yerevan. One of the most visited museums is the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran), built in 1957.
In 1962, Matenadaran was named after Surb Mesrop Mashtots, creator of the Armenian alphabet. Later in the 1960’s, large statues of famous Armenian scholars like Toros Roslin, Anania Shirakatsi, Movses Khorentasti, Mkhitar Gosh and Firk were placed on the left and the right sides of Matenadaran’s entrance.
Today, the Matenadran holds an impressive collection of nearly 17,000 manuscripts and 30,000 other documents.
Yerevan is a city that loves its music and song, and the Opera House’s programme offers affordable and superb quality entertainment all year round.
Concerts are also performed in the Cascades and Lovers Park, and throughout the year a series of festivals and events brighten up the streets and parks.
Film lovers will particularly enjoy the Golden Apricot film festival held every year in July.
The Yerevan Green Belt is a series of parks and open spaces that offer you the chance to relax in beautiful surroundings.
The most popular are the Paplavok Park and the Circular Park.
No matter where you are inside the city, you can be guaranteed to find a café, restaurant or snack bar.
The restaurant scene in Yerevan offers everything from authentic local cuisine, to international fare.
The traditional Armenian cuisine has a large variety of richly flavored dishes. No Armenian celebratory table can be imagined without the all time favorite barbecue, kyufta, tolma or khapama.
There is also a traditional dish called khash, which foresees a great ritual, starting from its preparatory process until the last moment at the table.
During your trip to Yerevan don’t miss the traditional sweets, gata and pakhlava.
If you’re looking to shop for souvenirs during your visit to Yerevan then head to the Vernissage, an open air market held every weekend and located east of Republic Square.
Here you’ll find everything from rugs and folk art to paintings and trinkets.
There is also the art market, which is a wonderful opportunity to pick up work by local artists and artisans.
Carpet and rug-making is traditional in Armenia, and there are plenty of emporiums throughout the city specialising in hand-made examples of this complex craft. If you buy an old rug, make sure that your seller obtains an export certificate from the Ministry of Culture so that your rug is not confiscated at Customs when you leave the country.
New rugs do not require certification, but it is best to keep your receipt as proof of purchase.
Flights to Yerevan arrive at Zvartnots International Airport, 14km from the city centre.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure.
So before you fly to Yerevan click here to check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Armenian Dram (AMD)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C or F
International dialing code: +374