Top things to do in Yerevan - Free with Yerevan Card
Travelers’ guide: How to spend 3 days in Yerevan and around!
Do you want to travel and explore Yerevan – one of the oldest cities in the world, & you have 3 days? This is not a problem! Yerevan is a major destination and it is collected top activities, entertainment places, great museums, nightlife activates etc. So you will be able to visit the best places in Yerevan in 3 days. You just need a good plan! Let’s create the best trip in Yerevan with Yerevan Card.
Day 1. Explore Armenian Culture
The History Museum was founded in 1919 in the First Republic. The museum keeps the national collection, which is exhibited in the departments of archeology, ethnography, numismatics and contemporary history. The items create a complete picture of the history and culture of Armenia, ranging from prehistoric times to the XV century. In the museum, you can find the cultural communications with Old East (Egypt, Syria, Iran, Rome, Byzantium). Collections are periodically updated with new artifacts found during excavations on the territory of Armenia.
National Gallery of Armenia is the country’s major art gallery. The rich gathering incorporates various national and worldwide fine arts, exhibits, from antiquated times to the present days.
Matenadaran presents a collection of ancient manuscripts. Matenadaran named after Mesrop Mashtots is registered in UNESCO's World Network of memory. Here you can find the smallest book – Church Calendar from 1434 AC (weight 19g) and biggest one is Msho Charentir (1200-1202 AC), which weighs 27.5 kg.
4. Vernissage market
Vernissage is an open-air market, where you should come for locally produced handicrafts, unique examples of folk art, etc. Here you can easily buy the best souvenirs and presents and take part of Armenia with you.
5. Yerevan’s evenings
Yerevan is fabulously beautiful by night. You can take the evening walking tour or just walk along the central streets of the city.
Cascade Complex is a famous place for Armenian people and the guests. Cascade complex includes the modern art museum, parks, cafes and restaurants frequented by locals and tourists. Classical and jazz concerts often take place at the Cascade during spring, summer and early autumn, with spectators sitting on the steps. At the top of Cascade complex, you will see the best panoramic view of Yerevan on the background of the majestic Mount Ararat.
Abovyan street is considered to be the oldest and one of the most beautiful streets of the modern Yerevan. Here nice cafes and restaurants are located, where you can relax.
Republic Square is the central town square in Yerevan. The square includes 5 major buildings – National Gallery and History Museum of Armenia, Government house, Ministries and а hotel. The singing and dancing fountains at the Republic Square of Yerevan attract both travelers and locals. Operating between spring and fall, the fountains include a colorful light show and feature not only classical music, but also pop, rock and jazz. The shows begin at around 9 PM.
Day 2. Visit the Unesco's heritage listed monasteries near the Yerevan
Cultural Museum-Reserve in Garni includes the “Garni” castle (3-2 centuries BC), Pagan temple (77 AD), bath with a mosaic floor and palatial buildings. It is believed that the castle was founded in 2nd century BC and was dedicated to the God of sun Mihr. Garni is a unique ancient the pagan temple. “Garni” historical-cultural complex was awarded by the UNESCO-Greece 2011 Prize after Melina Mercury. This museum is one of the most visited monuments in the Republic of Armenia.
Zvartnots is a temple of an early medieval architecture, which in 2000 was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It was built in 643-652 and was protected until the 10th century, after which it was destroyed because of an earthquake. Until the 20 th century, it was soil-covered. During the excavations, the temple, catholicos palace, bath, cells, columns, caps, sun carved clock, mosaics, frescoes and other valuable items were found, which were included in the museum’s exhibition.
Armenian cognac is one of the symbols of Armenia. Ararat cognac factory, founded in 1887, is one of the leading companies of the sphere. Yerevan Card allows you to participate in one of the famous tours in Yerevan – tour in Ararat cognac factory.
Day 3. Do the cultural trip in Yerevan
The folk art center named after Hovhannes Shahbeyan is a unique place. The museum collects, makes researches, repairs, studies and makes popularization activities in various genres of artistic creation and folk art. The collection includes wood carving, developed metals, silver, rock art, ceramics, carpet and rug, embroidery and lace, about 10,000 paintings and other works from folk art sectors. Most of the exhibits are works of high value, that represent different stages of the development of folk art. These items are almost from all regions of Armenia.
Besides the opportunity of buying carpets at the Megeryan Carpet factory, you can also make an interesting excursion, during which you will see how carpets are created. You will get acquainted with the unique samples of ancient carpets that are kept in the museum.
3. Yerevan City Tour
The main purpose of the tour is to acquaint tourists, visitors of the capital and the public with historical and cultural monuments and sights of the city. During a two –hour Yerevan City-tour, the multilingual system provides an opportunity to listen to interesting comments about history, culture, architecture and the city’s cultural values.
4. Don’t forget to taste Armenian cuisine dishes
In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, you can taste Armenian dishes at quite affordable prices. Taste Armenian tolma, barbecue, harissa, as well as Armenian national gata, dried fruits, and, of course, Armenian national bread - lavash.
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