Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan is the capital city of which country?

And the answer: Armenia.

Photo courtesy: Serouj Ourishian. 

Located in Western Asia, Armenia is a landlocked country that borders Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. The capital city of Yerevan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and is surrounded by natural beauty, including an expansive mountain range and the Hrazdan River.

Yerevan is a major cultural center of Armenia, and historical site dating back over five millennia. Nicknamed the "pink city" (and not because of its budding wine culture), Yerevan's vibrant culture peeks from behind every corner. Many modern buildings along its tree-lined streets have been constructed in traditional Armenian styles and of variously coloured local stone (thus the "pink"), while many theaters, museums, and other attractions decorate the city.

The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC. Erebuni was designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a "fully royal capital." Since this time, Erebuni and the rest of the city have been subsumed under the control of the Romans, Parthians, Arabs, Mongols, Turks, Persians, Georgians, and Russians. In 1920, Yerevan became the capital of the independent Armenian republic.

With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street caf├ęs, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied.

Take a look around the city by checking out the video below.

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