Things to do in Yerevan 2019
Yerevan is a city with a long history for travelers, and especially for those who love culture tourism. Yerevan is considered as one of the most interesting places in the world where you can see historical and cultural monuments. Various monuments of art and architecture make the city masterpieces of the culture of the past. Sights of Armenia are not only ancient architectural monuments, but also its traditions and customs, delicious national cuisine. Thera are tons of things to do in Yerevan and the list of Yerevan sights is endless. Here are the most interesting ones.
Matenadaran named after Mesrop Mashtots is registered in UNESCO’s World Network of memory. It is located in Yerevan and presents to you a collection of ancient manuscripts. Matenadaran is “one of the most important places of preservation of national memory and progress.” The Matenadaran Museum Complex consists of 15 demonstration halls, which display thousands of exhibits intended for permanent, variable and exclusive displays. From the 20,000 ancient manuscripts kept in Matenadaran, holistic manuscripts and fragments, documents, old books, samples of precious bindings, some miniatures and manuscripts are exhibited in foreign languages.
The National Gallery of Armenia is a special place among the cultural centers of the republic. The rich collection includes numerous national and international fine arts, decorative-applied art exhibits, from ancient times to the present days. The main core of the collection is Armenian art, which is represented by the most important stages of historical development – medieval frescoes and miniatures, church painting, sculpture, applied art, a brilliant constellation of modern and contemporary periods.
The displays of fresh and dried fruits at this covered market are pretty as a picture, so it’s fortunate that the stallholders don’t seem to mind tourists photographing their wares. In summer, the fresh fruit is magnificent, with peaches, cherries, apricots and berries of every description tempting shoppers. In winter, dried fruits and nuts, including the strings of syrup-coated walnuts known as sujukh, are popular purchases. Other produce includes fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, pungent basturma (finely cured ham) and huge blocks of cheese.
The Katoghike St. Astvatstsin
The Katoghike St. Astvatstsin Church is one of the oldest churches in Yerevan which was constructed in 13 century. It is located in the Abovyan and Sayat-Nova streets. It was built after the big earthquake, during the years 1693-1695. It is considered one of the largest churches of old Yerevan.
Vernissage in Yerevan
Vernissage is a big open air market (I would say gallery) which offers traditional Armenian jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts and many other items. Here one can get bags, t-shirts, hats with typical Armenian pattern. Even we Armenians often shop here. Visiting Vernissage is a full day free excursion which brings you one step closer to Armenian culture and traditions.