The capital of Armenia – Yerevan, an incredibly amazing combination of an ancient yet at the same time a modern city 29 older than Rome – is rich of breathtaking places of interest for tourists from all over the world.
There are certain places in Yerevan most tourists and even local people visit for various reasons or sometimes for no reason at all ! One of them is the Republic Square Yerevan.
About Republic Square Yerevan, Armenia
One of the “must see” places for tourists visiting Armenia, and especially Yerevan, is the Republic Square named “Hanrapetutyan Hraparak” with its central location in the city. (It is often called “Yerevan Square” too.)
During Soviet Era, it was named “Lenin Square” due to the fact that then the statue of Lenin stood there. It was removed after regaining the independence of the country. Almost all the visitors to Armenia visit it even without special recommendations because the Republic Square is widely regarded to be one of the most crucial symbols of Yerevan.
Architectural Style of the Yerevan Square
From above, it resembles a traditional Armenian carpet with its oval shaped stone pattern in the center and various significant buildings around the square.
All those buildings, the Republic Square and Yerevan city itself were designed in accordance with the best national traditions mixed with those of world architecture by a famous Armenian architect Alexander Tamanyan.
Much of the Armenian architecture is apparently focused on decorations with stone designs by skilled craftsmen and the Republic Square buildings are not an exception. They are all ornamented with bunches of pomegranates and grapes, heads of birds and animals and other traditional motifs.
Buildings around the Republic Square Yerevan
The square is surrounded by several major buildings intersected by the following streets: Amiryan, Abovyan, Nalbandyan, Tigran Mets and V. Sargsian.
One of the above mentioned major buildings is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, next come the Government building, the National Art Gallery and History Museum, the Central post-office of Armenia (offering telegraph, long-distance phone calls, money exchange and other services), the hotel “Marriott Armenia” (an internationally managed hotel) and other various buildings around. Dancing and singing large fountains can be found at the central part right in front of the National Art Gallery and History Museum. All the buildings are made of Armenian stone – pink colored tuff.
It is important to note about one of the most noticeable and attention-grabbing items in the Republic Square – the large clock placed on the Government building. It was brought to Yerevan in 1941 being made in Moscow.
Singing & Dancing fountains in the Republic Square Yerevan
The singing fountains represent themselves a special place of interest. Initially, the fountains were designed to be consisting of 2750 water streams just as many as the years since Yerevan was founded by the king Argishti in 782 BC.
In 2007, they were renovated. Now, the fountains display computer-controlled water performances. The list or the program that both local people and tourists can enjoy near the fountains includes not only Armenian, but also world classical and modern music and songs of various genres and styles.
The singing and dancing fountains and their colors variate in accordance with the melody or song rhythm played. The fountain show is an unquestionably fascinating and surely worth one to appear in.
National Gallery and the History Museum in the square
In the north part of the square, The National Gallery and the History Museum building is located, containing thousands of priceless collections, materials, relics and unique painting samples with enormous historical significance representing both Armenian and foreign civilizations from the dawn of human history to our days.
There are permanent and special major exhibitions regularly held and staged in the gallery and museum building. The name itself indicates that the entrances to the National gallery and the History museum are different (therefore, require separate entrance fees), although located in the same building.
Things to know about the Republic Square Yerevan
Is there a preferred time to visit?
The Republic Square is fairly considered a definitely remarkable tourist attraction both during day and the night time.
The square gets especially crowded and filled with magical mood in the evening time but only Armenian sunlight provides the unique opportunity to observe the Square and its surrounding buildings, neighboring convenient shopping centers and cafes.
Are there any metro stations nearby? Is it expensive to travel by metro?
Right next to the Republic Square, it is easy to find the metro station called “Hanrapetutyan Hraparak”.A ride on the train from the mentioned station will take visitors to other destinations in Yerevan only for 100 AMD (about 0.21 USD) per ride.
Any parks nearby to take a walk for?
In front of the Republic Square, located on Italy Street, there is a public park named “English Park”. It is a good place to have a walk but be careful especially during weekends as you might encounter some couples kissing there!
This is also a public park (Siraharneri Aygi) located on Baghramyan Avenue (less than 5 minutes ride on a metro from the Republic Square) where there is another metro station next to this park called “Marshal Baghramyan”.
Despite the name, the park is not meant only for lovers: this is a very nice place to spend time with relatives, family members or friends.
Need cash? DON’T WORRY!
Whenever you arrive in the Republic Square and notice that you do not have cash with you, please, do not ever worry. There is a plenty of ATM machines around the square and surely at the nearby hotel.
Thirsty? Traditional public drinking fountains everywhere!
During summertime, it gets extremely hot in Yerevan and getting thirsty during walking around the city is not a matter at all.
Again, don’t worry! Public drinking fountains are always there, just like everywhere else in Yerevan city. One can enjoy cold Armenian water at every step for free, of course!
Why would one visit the Republic Square Yerevan?
It is easy to conclude that visiting the Republic Square in Yerevan provides a great opportunity to get closer acquainted with national traditions, cultural and historical values and, in a word, with Armenian spirit.
Yes, it is a good place to start your time in Yerevan!