DESCRIPTION – Yerevan: Soviet modernism architecture
Begin the tour with a brief city ride, heading north to visit Victory Park and Aragil Café, offering a picturesque view of Yerevan. Walk down the Cascade complex to the city center, and pass through Lovers’ Park, a Japanese-style park inaugurated in 2008, and Metro Baghramyan, a modern metro station that reminds of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Take the metro to famous cinema “Rossia”, considered one of the most modernist buildings in Yerevan. Continue by metro to the Metro Yeritasardakan station- another great example of Soviet modernist architecture. Proceed to the National Centre of Chamber Music and afterwards yet another cinema building- the cinema “Moscow”. Here we will explore the Summer Hall that is unfortunately abandoned now.
Right next is the Republic Square, and the heart of the city.
From here we will drive to the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex or simply Hamalir, a sports and concert complex with 184 stairs leading up the Tsitsernakaberd hill near the Hrazdan River gorge. Visit the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century. Completed in 1967, the Genocide Monument has become a pilgrimage site and an integral part of Yerevan’s architecture.