From Tbilisi (capital of Georgia) we traveled almost 6 hours to reach Yerevan. It was a very tiring trip to be honest. The roads were very bumpy and we passed a lot of detours and road constructions. Perhaps if the road constructions gets done, it would be more comfortable to travel by car. The Armenian countryside and landscapes are picturesque. One would definitely enjoy these sights during a road trip. Derick and I were both happy to see it as part of our Armenian sojourn.
As first time visitors in Armenia, we relied solely on our local travel agency. All the attractions were in the itinerary of the tour we booked. We stayed in Armenia for 4 nights and our first 2 days were spent around Yerevan. Here are 10 interesting sites in Yerevan our local tour guide showed us while we were in the city. Some of the attractions are near to each other and can be explored by foot.
Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
The St. Gregory Illuminator Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Yerevan. This church is about a few steps away from our hotel. It is one of the famous landmarks in the city and is a beautiful subject for photography too.
Mother of Armenia Statue
The statue is located at the Victory Park overlooking the city of Yerevan. The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength.
Matenadaran (Institute of Ancient Manuscripts)
Matenadaran is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum in Yerevan, Armenia. It holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including theology, philosophy, history, medicine, literature, art history, and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages.
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Northern Avenue & Freedom Square (Swan Lake and Opera Theater)
St. Hripsime and St. Gayane Church
St. Hripsime Church
St. Gayane Church
Etchmiadzin is the spiritual and administrative center of the Apostolic Church in Armenia.
The ruins of Zvartnots remained buried until its remains were uncovered at the start of the twentieth century. The site was excavated between 1901 and 1907 under the direction of vardapet Khachik Dadyan, uncovering the foundations of the cathedral as well as the remains of the Catholicos palace and a winery. The excavations furthermore revealed that Zvartnots stood on the remnants of structures that dated back to reign of the Urartian king Rusa II.
The attractions listed above were all recommended by our local guide. You may choose which attractions best interest you.
Note: All quotes mentioned above are from Wikipedia.