Republic Square Yerevan

Texture of Yerevan

September 28, 2015 - Travel to Armenia

Yerevan is the twelfth and the last capital of Armenia. During 2797 years, Yerevan has changed a lot. Unfortunately, nowadays, one can find only a small part of the ancient Yerevan. For example, the fortress of Erebuni, the ancestor of Yerevan, which is located south-east from the city centre. Alternatively, you can visit Erebuni Historical and Archaelogical Museum-Reserve or Yerevan History Museum to learn about the history of Yerevan.

Cities are like people having their own beauty, soul and outlook. Each of them is unique and the only one on the planet Earth. Yerevan is a multi-layer city with mixed architecture, styles, views and is also full of contradictions. The city has both unique ornamental art and unnoticed details, but there is always something new to tell and show about.

Yerevan is not like a typical European city, that has classical old town separated from the new one. In Yerevan everything is mixed: the old and new, classical and modern, pink tuff and grey stones. And these mixtures generate the present day Yerevan with its own texture. This time through our virtual Yerevan travel guide we will try to demonstrate the textures of the capital.

Here is an example of a typical mix of the three generations. Can you guess the era they come from?

Triple mix architecture Yerevan
Photo by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Such combinations can be found almost anywhere in the city both downtown and in the suburbs.

Double mix YerevanPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Combination Buildings YerevanPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Walking around the city you can find the leading texture of the city nearby the Republic Square, as it was planned by Yerevan city architecture Alexander Tamanyan in his master plan for Yerevan in 1924-1936. Being Armenian neoclassical architect, Tamanyan worked on the plan of Yerevan by phases: first plan for Yerevan was designed for a bit more population than 150000; the second plan was designed for 500000 people. Tamanyan’s plan transformed Yerevan into a major metropolis mixing neoclassicism with national flavour.

Government Building YerevanPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

No wonder that Yerevan is called a pink city. A traveller to Yerevan can see buildings made of pink tuff round each and every corner. This is the main texture for the city and you can’t mix it with others.

tuff texturePhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Back to the comparison and mixture: here the classic view of a combination of a building and a statue:

Old building and statuePhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

… and here is the mix of a classical statue with modernity and new style.

new building and statuePhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Mixed views are following each other. You can like them or not, but for sure – you can’t stay indifferent.

Classical and beautiful building with curved lines by architecture Mark Grigoryan, who was the Chief Architect of Yerevan during 1938-1950, can be followed with new design of high and ‘glassy’ building.

curved buildingPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

glassy buildingPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

You can meet modernity of 1940-1950’s as well, and not only modernity but also textured art.

flowery texturePhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Paintings and mosaics beautify the city both with colors and texture.

building paintPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

coloured mosaicPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

MosaicPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

But, Yerevan is not only about buildings and its history. It is all about the citizens who lived and live here. And that fact has its great influence on the city outlook and of course the texture. Armenians are proud of their bright people and honour them. There are more than 2800 memorial desks that inform one where the well known Armenians used to live. For example, Arno Babajanyan, the renown Armenian composer and pianist lived in one of the buildings on Mashtots Avenue from 1946 to 1983. The same building is currently the home to Yerevan State Marionette Theatre.

memorial desk to Arno Babajanyan YerevanPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Walking down Mashtots Avenue, you can see another memorial desk testifying that from 1941 to 1958 here lived Armenian composer and conductor, head of Armenian Composer’s Union (1948-1952) Ashot Satyan.

memorial desk Ashot Satyan YerevanPhoto by Armenuhy Hovakimyan

Putting together all the above-mentioned you will get the texture view of Yerevan that is being changed each day… and every moment.

Yerevan is different for each traveller. What texture does it have for you? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us by using #textureofyerevan on any of our social platforms.

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