The Unnoticed Details of Yerevan
Most of the travellers are keen to explore a new city with a long to-do list trying not to miss anything. Well, visitors to Yerevan also have such a list full of known spots, sightseeing, common roads and activities. Yerevan is full of cute details, either new or ancient, details that give the city a special “colouring”. Walking around Yerevan, one can obviously see the heart of the city, but the only way to find the spirit of it is to look deeper and find the unnoticed details.
Here is our Yerevan travel guide for some of the details of the city to help you find them when walking around the streets:
The national flag of Armenia on the building of Central Bank is seen from the near park through the trees. One just have to look a bit higher.
Photo by Armenuhy Hovakimyan
Walk towards the crossroad and you will see reconstruction of a old building. Is it simply reconstruction? Don’t you think there is something arty there: just find the right angle, catch the sunlight and combine it with green cover.
And what about mixed emotions with new architecture?
On the central Abovyan Street you will find a romantic detail of Yerevan: the statue of Karabala. The real name of the man was Karapet. He was short, modest, wearing old mackintosh and a hat. Why is he so honoured to have a statue? Well, anyone who makes one smile cannot be forgotten. This man used to hand out roses to girls passing by the streets of Yerevan.
Yerevan is still keeping the romantic mood – nice flowers to look at…
And to give to…
One more endearing symbol of old Yerevan is the statue of Yerevan Water Boy. In old times, they used to offer cold and fresh water in streets of Yerevan by singing out: “Selling water! Cold water!”.
Nowadays, you can find cold and tasty water in almost any street and drink it from the public water fountains that are common throughout the country. The name of fountain is interpreted from Armenian as «պուլպուլակ» (pulpulak), which sounds like murmuring water. Another name for fountain is «ցայտաղբյուր» (tsaytaxbyur) meaning squirt spring.
On your walking route you will also find some helpful details. On every crossroad in Yerevan there is a navigating sign with street names.
Not easily visible are the little sculptures on old buildings of Yerevan, like this one. Can you guess who this sculpture represents?
Yerevan is a city of contrasts and together with little details one can find obvious but interesting things like this one. The medieval (13th century) chapel in Kentron district named Katoghike surrounded by the new building of Saint Anna Church (Yerevan Residence of the Catholicos of All-Armenians).
The last but not the least detail in our list is Saryan Park with lots of paintings to take a daily positive energy from warm colours of Armenian artists.
An additional day for discovering the details is always a good idea if you are a wanderer of hidden “treasures”.
Have you had a chance to visit Yerevan and find something interesting that you had not known before? Leave a comment and share you photos with us.