Yerevan is a city of fashionable people, beautiful girls, and pink houses.
It’s a city of hills, pomegranate wine, and the great Mount Ararat. Yerevan is the center of culture and the most stylish city in the Caucasus. Let’s find out what free things to do in Yerevan. Here is the self guided walking tour in Yerevan.
Republic Square is the heart and symbol of Yerevan. It is the main square of the city in the form of a trapezoid. There are singing fountains, Government House, Mariott Hotel, and Communication House.
If you go to the southeast of Republic Square, you’ll get to the flea market. Vernissage is an interesting place, you can allocate to it for some time. Here you can find unique Armenian goods.
St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator is the largest church in Armenia. It was built in 2001 in honor of the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Armenia.
What free things to do in Yerevan? In Freedom Square, you can marvel with the Opera House and Swan Lake. This is an entertainment center in Yerevan with summer cafes, restaurants. Young people are resting, families with children are sitting on benches or walking along the lake.
In our self guided walking tour in Yerevan, we suggest visiting Cascade. At the entrance to the Cascade stands a sculpture by architect Tamanyan, who designed the Yerevan Grand Cascade. Cascade is another symbol of the city. It’s unique in its kind staircase with fountains, under the stairs is the center of the arts. If you walk to the top, you can see Ararat and the hills from the observation deck.
Yerevan is built at an altitude of 900 to 1300 meters above sea level, the height difference in the city is 400 meters, but when you walk in the center, you do not feel this, but from the observation rooms, you can notice that the capital of Armenia is in the mountains.
And if you climb higher at sunset, it will become clear why Yerevan is called the “Pink City”. All the houses in the center were built of white, yellow and pink tuff. In the daytime, the city is quite beige, and in places gray-brownish, but in the evening it acquires that same pink hue.
Matenadaran is the repository of ancient manuscripts in Yerevan. It makes sense to take a tour of the museum to learn more about the culture and history of Armenia.
Charles Aznavour Square
Charles Aznavour Square is a cozy square on Abovyan Street in the center of Yerevan together with the Moscow Cinema. Near several cafes, the fountain “Signs of the Zodiac”, “Avenue of Stars” and a chessboard.
Tsitsernakaberd is a memorial complex dedicated to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. There’s also a genocide museum, a nice park on the hill, an observation deck overlooking Mount Ararat. It is a sad place, but you should definitely visit it if you are interested in the history of Armenia.
Hrazdan gorge with Haghtanak Bridge (Victory Bridge) and river Hrazdan is a very pleasant place in Yerevan.
The museum and fortress of Erebuni are located on the outskirts of Yerevan. Only the ruins of the walls remained from the ancient fortress, but Yerevan is perfectly visible from the hill. Be sure to visit the museum of the fortress.
Here is the Yerevan city guide – the best sightseeing places in Yerevan. Make your choice!