Things to do and to see in Abovyan are quite a lot. Let’s explore on of the closest cities to the Armenian capital.
At first glance Abovyan seems not to suggest huge variety of places of interest, but believe there are some interesting points which are worth visiting.
So here are some of the most fun things to do and to see recommended.
Things to Do in Abovyan #1: Merry-go-round
Not all towns of Armenia have attraction parks. Abovyan belongs to those towns which has a merry-go-round, moreover with extremely low prices. So, visiting this merry go round is an excellent thing to do, if you’ve spending your time with kids or friends.
But the way, the merry-go-round in Abovyan has been renovated during latest years and is now introduced with new colorings and modern attractions. Of course, it is not compatible with those in Disneyland, but It will give you a nice opportunity to spend your time in Abovyan in a rather fun way.
Things to Do in Abovyan #2: Saint Stepanos Church
As a whole, you’ll mostly meet newly built churches in Abovyan. Saint Stepanos church is one of them. The church was built in 1851. This is rather young age for an Armenian church, because usually Armenian churches belong to one of the oldest churches in the world. But since Abovyan is rather new town, churches are new as well.
Saint Stepanos Church, though, needed reconstruction in some points. It has been reconstructed for 2 times, in 2001 and in 2010. The church is rather simple in its architecture; however, the simplicity gives this church a special attraction.
Very often the church is easy to take for an ordinary house at first, until you see the cross on the top of it. There are special appreciators of this modest church. They prefer visiting this church and have their prayer there rather than other large and gorgeous churches.
Things to Do in Abovyan #3: Saint Hovhannes Church
Saint Hovhannes church is one of the largest and newest churches in Armenia located in Abovyan city. The church was built in 2006.
Until the opening of the church there was only one church for Abovyan’s 40000 population. This was obviously not enough so, there was a strong demand for a new church in Abovyan. Though the church is built in recent years, you won’t see any newest or innovative architectural solutions there.
On contrary, everything is done to preserve the best traditions of classical Armenian architecture. The immense building of the church is build on the highest top of Abovyan, so it’s seen from almost any corner of the city. The church has 5 domes and is built from Armenian red tufa stone. The building is rather marvelous and visiting the church is a must thing to do while being in Abovyan.
Things to Do in Abovyan #4: Abovyan City Stadium
Abovyan city stadium is an all seated city stadium of Abovyan. Until 2006 the stadium was called Kotayk Stadium and was able to hold 5500 spectators. Kotakyk stadium was later owned by Multi Group holding and renovated.
After the reconstruction, the stadium has become all seated and the number of spectators which the stadium was able to hold reduced to about 4000. Once a Soviet era stadium has become modernized and fully compatible with other stadiums in Armenia.
Abovyan city stadium used to be the home Stadium of Kotayk FC in soviet years. The stadium also hosts the plays of Armenian national rugby team. Starting from 2000-s Abovyan city stadium has hosted several successful matches of Armenian national rugby team.
Especially memorable one was the match with Serbia where Armenian national team won with result of 25-0 in 2008. So, if you’re interested in sports, visiting Abovyan stadium will be nice thing to do while being in Abovyan.
Things to Do in Abovyan #5: Master Levon’s Devine Underground
Not far from city Abovyan is located one of the most favorite places of both locals and foreigners. This unique underground won’t leave any visitor indifferent. Master Levon’s underground is one of the mostly visited places in Marz Kotayk.
The most unique thing about this underground is that it is dug under a house. The underground amuses everyone with its size and marvelous engravings on the walls. Very often the underground resembles the labyrinth of medieval castle full of mysteries.
The underground has 21-meter depth. At first entering it, you’ll appear in a unique round hall decorated with candles. Levon Arakelya dug the immense underground about two decades. The story how came the idea of creating such a piece of art, is more than unique.
Everything started when Leovon’s wife asked his husband to dig a cellar for keeping potatoes there. Gradually, Levon dedicated himself to this work and couldn’t stop working on it every day. Today the underground has become a museum, the doors of which are open for all visitors.
By digging a simple cellar, Master Levon discovered his real passion and chased his dream to create real dreamland.
Things to Do in Abovyan #6: Where to Eat in Abovyan
Of course, things to do in Abovyan may be quite capturing, but you’ll have to interrupt your journey with short breaks and stop somewhere to eat. Though you’ll hardly find any places for spending your nightlife in Abovyan, you’ll have a quite a large choice of restaurants and cafes.
Since the period of Soviet Union Abovyan city has always been known for its high-quality restaurants and cafes. If you want to visit fast food, then you can visit “Abovyan Burgers”. There are also other restaurants in a typical Armenian style, where you can try some nice Armenian dishes.
Those are the restaurants “Maku”, “Van”, “Ureni”. By the way, while visiting “Ureni”, make sure you try the renowned delicious ice tea of the restaurant there.
Things to Do in Abovyan #7: Abovyan Museum of Russian-Armenian Brotherhood
Your things to do list in Abovyan will not be complete until you get known to the cultural side of this city. Russian Armenian Museum of Brotherhood was founded in 1982 during the period of Soviet Union and is open till today.
Here you’ll meet about 800 exhibits concerning the friendship of the two nations, including awards, medals, maps etc.
Things to Do in Abovyan #8: The Statue of Khachatur Abovyan
Right in the front of the city hall of Aboyan is located the 8-meter-high statue of great Armenian writer and founder of modern Armenian literature Khachatur Abovyan.
By the way the city Abovyan is named after him.
Things to Do in Abovyan #9: Abovyan Theater
So, your plan of things to do and to see will finally be complete after you visit Abovyan theater. The theater was not active after the Soviet era for a long time, but during the recent years, there are some new performances in the theater
So, spending your evening in Abovyan by visiting theater will be a good option.
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