Yerevan Walking Tour

The best way to get acquainted with Yerevan is to do as the locals do and walk. This both saves time (parking is impossible and traffic jams are now par for the course, adding 20-30 minutes to what were once 5 minute jaunts) while allowing you to savor the sights and sounds of the city.


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Walking Tour

Figure 3-5 hours if you stop along the way to gawk, browse a museum or two, sip coffee at a sidewalk café, browse at the bookstore or shop. You can walk straight through in about 45 minutes.  (Numbers) denote position on the accompanying map.


Start the walking tour at the avenues base, Haghtanak (Victory) Bridge (1), which is also the starting point for Walk 1: Old Abovyan Walking Tour. 

The bridge spans the Hrazdan Gorge, site of Bronze-Iron Age settlements and some rather remarkably designed theme restaurants (2) straddling the Hrazdan River (enter gorge on opposite side of bridge, below the Hrazdan Stadium (3)). 

At the end of the bridge is the Cognac factory (4) and at the beginning of the street is the Noy Armenian Brandy Factory (5). Both give guided tours and Noy roughly matches the space once taken by the 16th-19th cc Persian-Russian Yerevan Fortress. 

Opposite Noy is the new Metropol Hotel (6), the offices of VivaCell to a block of apartment buildings from the 1930’s, the so-called “Stalin Shenk” for their construction period (1920s-1930’s being generally accepted as the best period of architecture and quality in Soviet construction) and Armenian Monumental design style. 

Go up the left (west) side street instead of the main throughway, which is closed to pedestrians, and take the first left street that follows the north rim of the canyon to south. You arrive at St. Sargis (7), still the main cathedral in Yerevan despite the erection of the massive  Grigor Lusavorich Cathedral at Ring Park.  Rebuilt in the 14th c. on top of early Christian and pagan foundations, the church was renovated several times in succeeding centuries, the last in 2001. 

Retrace your steps to Mashtots and head north to the top of the overpass, and the intersection with Grigor Lusavorich (east) and Paronian (west) Streets.

Side trip: A right turn will lead in a block to English Park, and the Russian, French and Italian Embassies; a left turns leads in a block to the Woodcraft Museum (8) on the right; and in a couple of more blocks in an alley on the left the remarkable Parajanov Museum (9). 

Backtrack to Mashtots and cross the street (use the pedestrian underground) and make your way to the east side of Mashtots (right side).  Once you emerge onto Mashtots you will see shops on both sides of the street, the beginning of the lower commercial district.  


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