Yerevan Journals

Welcomed by Storks - Three Days in Yerevan

A May 2006 trip to Yerevan by fizzytom

Mother Armenia, Yerevan Photo, Yerevan, Armenia More Photos
Quote: A whistle stop tour of the sights and sounds - historic and contemporary - of the scenic Armenian capital city.

Mother Armenia - Watching over Yerevan

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Mother Armenia, Yerevan Photo, Yerevan, Armenia
Mother Armenia is a giant statue that watches over the city from Victory Park; basically she is the female personification of Armenia. In Armenian the statue is known as "Mayr Hayastan". In it's place used to be a stature of Stalin, but, for obvious reasons it was removed and replaced with this statue 1967.The statue was designed by Ara Harutyunyan depicts Mother Armenia holding a sword; this is said to reflect the high standing of the matriarch figure in Armenian families and also to commemorate some of the notable women who have taken up arms in clashes with Turkish troops.An architect, Raphael Israelian, designed the pedestal that the statue stands on. This was designed to r...Read More
Ideally located for the centre of Yerevan - just over the road from the Opera House, Anahit's lovely apartment should be a fantastic place to stay. It's cheap - US$18 a night for a two sharing, it's clean and comfortable, and it's very attractive. However, Anahit can be quite over bearing; you've just sat on the toilet and she starts calling you; you've come back mid-afternoon for a quick nap and she's calling you; you take a chair onto the balcony to enjoy a cold beer and she's calling you. You're always doing something wrong, and when you aren't you're worrying that you might be. She says you are welcome to use the kitchen but then she wants to supervise you. She says you can...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 12, 2007

Genocide Memorial and Museum

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Although they can be very jovial indeed when it comes to a party, the Armenians are by and large a fairly melancholy people. There are two main reasons behind this melancholy. The first is that their sacred Mount Ararat, the mountain that symbolises so much of the nation's history, now lies in Turkey and they can only see its magnificent snow-capped peak from behind a closed border. The fact that the border is closed brings me to the second reason for the pervading sadness of Armenians: the tense relationship with Turkey is due to a massive event that few people are aware of. In 1915 over one and a half million Armenians were murdered in a genocide that took place within the Ottoman Empire at hands of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 17, 2008

Genocide Memorial and Museum
Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan
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