Yerevan is the capital of the Republic of Armenia and has become the largest Armenian community on the planet with a population numbering over one million. Because of the color of the buildings as well as the colorful young population, the city became known as the Pink City, even before Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union.
While the history of Yerevan is about 2800 years old, much of the original settlement has been all but completely destroyed by natural disasters and war. The strategic location of this city has made it a constant battleground for the surrounding rival empires, including the Ottoman, Persian, and Russian, forces. After the Armenian independence in the early part of the 20th century, the entire city was renovated to accommodate a larger population, which was estimated to become 200,000 from 20,000 at the time. Today, the people of Yerevan have increased in number to over one million.
Many of the interesting attractions of Yerevan include historical architecture, modern and contemporary from the Soviet reconstruction, parks, monuments, museums, cathedrals and monasteries, and more. Some of the most popular highlights include the 3,000 year old Erebuni Fortress, which established the settlement of Yerevan, the Cascades Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Museum, and Republic Square, where the Singing Fountains perform every night from early Spring through Autumn. Other major attractions are the churches and cathedrals of Yerevan, which are all open daily.
Yerevan Hotels & Lodging
Accommodations in Yerevan range through a selection of categories, from local bed and breakfasts, like the Theatre and Envoy Hostels, to select resort hotels, such as Armenia Marriott Hotel and the Golden Tulip Hotel.