(Cascade Yerevan / Kaskad Yerevan)
Do you know the place called “Cascade Yerevan” or sometimes spelled as “Kaskad Yerevan” in Yerevan, Armenia? Let us introduce one of the top destinations in Yerevan that has been attracting not only locals but also tourists from different countries.
About Cascade Yerevan (Kaskad Yerevan)
The Yerevan Cascade is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Yerevan city. It is a huge stairway linking the center of Yerevan (Kentron) to the Haghtanak Park and the Monument neighborhood.
Yerevan Cascade is located in the center of Yerevan. Other known places in the city center neighboring Cascade are the Opera and Ballet Theatre and Matenadaran.
The Cascade is composed of a monumental exterior stairway, a long series of escalators, an intricate network of halls, courtyards and outdoor gardens where you can see numerous works of architecture and sculpture portraying Armenian rich history and cultural heritage.
History of the construction of Yerevan Cascade
Since this place is very in that it consists of long stair way, it would be probably interesting for some people who want to know more about the origin. Please let us briefly introduce its construction history.
The idea of directly linking the Monument and the City center was initially proposed by the architect of Yerevan city was Alexandr Tamanian who wanted to connect the central part of the city to the northern one.
His idea was including gardens and huge waterfalls in the structure but it was forgotten and remained on a paper. Only in 1970s, Jim Torosyan (chief architect of Yerevan), with other architects brought, revived the idea and designed the cascade construction, completing it in 1980.
Although they used Tamanian’s initial plan as a basis, they also incorporated it with their own imagination of the final structure.
At the end of 1980s, the construction of the Cascade complex was frozen for various reasons such as Spitak city’s earthquake, and then came the collapse of the Soviet Union. In this regard, Armenia appeared in a severe economic hardship and was unable to complete the construction.
Only in 2002, Gerard Cafesjian, an American Armenian businessman, initiated its revitalization. He also founded a Center for the Arts which thereby named after him; Cafesjian Museum Foundation.
Things and Places to enjoy when visiting Cascade (Kaskad) complex in Yerevan
Place around Cascade complex: Cafesjian Museum of Art
The Cafesjian Center for Arts goal is to introduce the tourist who visit Yerevan and the museum to the best pieces and items of Armenian contemporary art. The museum collection consists of masterpieces created by sculptures and artists such as Grigor Khanjyan, Arshile Gorky, Fernando Botero John Altoon, Marc Chagall and many others.
In order to get to the Arts Center, there is an escalator inside the Cascade equal to the length of the complex providing a good opportunity for those who don’t love climbing the stairs or are just unable to.
The Cafesjian Center for Arts consists of various notable galleries for example,
A huge number of exhibitions are periodically organized at the galleries that many interested foreigners come to see, enjoy and learn new things about the country’s cultural heritage.
The Museum Store
It can be said that the museum store represents a gallery rather than a mere store. It offers not only exclusive Armenian crafts and arts, but items and unique works from all over the world by various artists, for example, Isamu Noguchi, Dale Chihuly and Andy Warhol.
Spectacular view and other reasons to visit Cascade Yerevan
One of the main aspects ensuring presence of a great number of visitors at the Cascade (more than 1,200,000 people visited the Cafesjian Center for Arts as of 2011) is the spectacular view that you can see from the top of Cascade.
The Cascade is crowded with visitors not only during daytime or summertime. It is always full of both local people and tourists even in the evenings (actually the youth spends time here more in the evenings) and winter days.
You can easily get attracted to this place as it provides a nice chance to relax, feel relieved or clime to the top of the Cascade stairs as a good exercise. It also lets you feel isolated from the entire world and troubles as there’s an observation desk on the top of Cascade where the whole city can be seen as if in your palm.
Your experience there can be special especially if you consider the fact you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Mount Ararat that is clearly seen from the very top of the Cascade observation desk.
A very breathtaking view indeed!
Entertainments outside Cascade Complex
There are numerous green areas and flowers planted in front of Cascade that look very much like pieces of art. Besides, there are also a lot of amazingly interesting sculptures and statues that would attract your attention. The statues vary in their architecture style and meaning.
Presented among them, you can find works of renowned sculptors, for example, Lynn Chadwick (British sculptor, considered as one of the of 20th century art giants), Barry Flanagan (Welsh sculptor), Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova (spouses from Czech Republic), Paul Cox (English sculptor), Jaume Plensa (Spanish Catalan sculptor and artist), and Fernando Botero (Colombian artist).
Cafesjian Sculpture Garden
Here is a part of the mentioned sculptures list that together make up the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden:
Some Statistics and Basic Facts about Cascade Yerevan
As another information that would interest some of you, below is provided some statistics and facts about Cascade (Kaskad) Yerevan.
Although Cascade Yerevan is a relatively new building compared with other buildings of Yerevan, having a history of almost 40 years, it has passed a long way through history.
It has been continuously reconstructed and renovated since 2002 and currently, it has become one of the most attractive and visited places in Yerevan by not only offering a perfect view but being a perfect piece of architecture itself.