Yerevan’s Republic square is the most central part of the city. Every tour in Yerevan usually stars exactly here. But what makes the republic square so lively and interesting are the surrounding sites and attractions. Let’s check out the most outstanding ones.
Armenia is a country which is known for its many gorgeous sites and natural attractions. The capital, Yerevan, is known for its very European feel, despite the fact that it is one of the most ancient cities in the world.
One of its most popular tourist destinations is Yerevan’s Republic Square, known in Armenian as Hanrapetutyan Hraparak, which is the central town square of the city. There are many cool sights that tourists should see when they visit Yerevan in the very modern Republic Square, which was designed by Alexander Tamanyan in 1924 and began construction in 1926.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #1 | National Gallery and History Museum
The National Gallery of Armenia is the largest art museum in Armenia. In the same building is also the Museum of the History of Armenia, which is located from the third to eighth floors of the building.
It is located in the heart of the square- Aram St. 1.
There are many collections inside of different types of Russian and Western European art, but it is also houses the largest collection of Armenian art in the world. It has 56 galleries and halls, which hold approximately 26,000 different works of art.
Tuesday – Saturday | 1:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
300 AMD – 800 AMD (65 cents – $1,5)
3500 AMD – 5000 AMD ($7,5 – $10,5)
If you would like to have a guided tour, it is 3,500 AMD (a little over $7) in the Armenian languages, and in English, Russian, or French, the guided tour will be 5,000 AMD (a little over $10).
On May 18th, which is International Museum Day, admission is free.
Otherwise, it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM until 5:30 PM, and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The cost of admission for adults is 800 AMD (a little over $1), and for college/school students and senior citizens, it is 300 AMD (around 65 cents). Children under 7, the disabled, state delegation members, and servicemen in the army are granted free admission.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #2 | Dancing Fountains
This is a water display located on Republic Square that performs a light show every evening during the warmer months of the year.
It is located right in the heart of the square, in front of the National Gallery of Armenia.
Between the months of approximately May and October, every night in Republic Square, there is a musical fountain show that anyone can come and watch. It is considered to be one of the key highlights of a pleasant summer evening in Yerevan, and is essential that all visitors come and see the dancing fountains.
The dancing fountain show typically begins around 9 PM every evening, and lasts until around 11. The fountains and their colors change in accordance with the song that is playing and the water streams change their shapes.
The fountains were renovated in 2007 and many different types of music are played during the fountain shows, including modern music, jazz, and Armenian music. It is a great place to relax during the evening and eat ice cream, drink coffee, or spend time with friends.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #3 | Diamond Pizza
Diamond Pizza is a nice cafe and restaurant. It is located right next to Republic Square, address: Buzand St. 2.
It is a cafe and restaurant that is located right next to Republic Square with a section on the roof for visitors to sit and enjoy their coffee and meals. The restaurant has 3.5 out of 5 stars on tripadvisor’s website, and several people have commented on how the restaurant has great pizza and lahmajun (an Armenian type of pizza).
What many people enjoy about it is the fact that the seats on the roof offer great views of the whole city. There are mixed reviews about the food, but if you order food from there and don’t like it, the views of the city will be worth it- and will offer many opportunities for great photos!
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #4 | Ararat Restaurant
Ararat is A typical Armenian restaurant with high ratings and delicious food. It is located right under Government House 2 on Republic Square.
Every day | 10 AM – 12 AM
Ararat Restaurant is a restaurant right on Republic Square with traditional Armenian food and wine. It is one of the oldest restaurants still open in Armenia, and there are live performances featuring traditional Armenian folk and pop music.
Armenian writers and actors list this restaurant as one of their favorites. The location itself cannot be beat.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #5 | Pulpulak
Pulpulak is an interestingly shaped drinking fountain. You can see it right next to the National Gallery Museum.
This may seem like an unconventional place to visit for tourists, as it is not so much a place to explore, but instead a place that is worthy of being photographed. Pulpulak is the word for drinking fountain.
This drinking fountain, which is right next to the National Gallery, is a nice place to stop for a refreshing drink as you wander around the city. It has seven springs and is called ‘yot aghbyur,’ or seven springs. The fountain was renovated in 2010, but was built in 1965.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #6 | Charents Literature and Art Museum
A museum named after the famous Armenian poet, Yeghishe Charents, which houses many manuscripts, photographs, posters, a large library, and more.
The museum is located right behind the National Gallery Museum, 1 Aram Street
It is considered to be the largest place where Armenian books and manuscripts are held in the world. The items held here were created or authored within the past three hundred years. It is a prominent research center in Yerevan and holds the archives of over six hundred different authors, playwrights, and musicians from Armenia.
Some of the materials held in this museum include personal artifacts of the artists, theatrical items, musical instruments, photographs, posters, drafts, outfits, books, and manuscripts.
300 AMD – 800 AMD (65 cents – $1,5)
1500 AMD – 2000 AMD ($3-$4)
Tuesday – Saturday | 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday | 11 AM – 4 PM
The museum is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM and every Sunday from 11 AM until 4 PM. The cost of entrance for adults is 800 AMD, and for college and school students, it is 300 AMD. For a guided tour in Armenian, the price is 1500 AMD, and for a guided tour in Russian or English, the cost is 2000 AMD.
Admission is free for anyone visiting the museum on the last Saturday of each month, and for those who work in the museum, are state official delegations, cultural heritage students, international social organization representatives, Artists’ Unions members, army servicemen, and journalist. You must present a document proving that you belong to one of these categories.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #7 | Garegin Nzhdeh Statue
This is a statue dedicated to Armenian patriot, statesman, and military strategist, Garegin Nzhdeh. It is located in the park adjacent to Republic Square, on Hanrapetutyan Street.
Garegin Nzhdeh is a popular figure and role model for many Armenians. He is known for fighting for Armenia’s independence in the early twentieth century and helped to bring together the Syunik region with the Republic of Armenia.
Nzhdeh promoted the ideas of Armenian unity and being proud to be Armenian. He is considered to be a national hero in Armenia and is an inspirational leader for many Armenians. In his honor, a statue was erected of him in May of 2016 near Republic Square.
For those tourists who admire Garegin Nzhdeh and are interested in his life story, visiting this statue is a must, especially since visiting his grave on Mount Khustup in Syunik is not as easily accessible.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #8 | Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theater
It is a theater by Republic Square that was named in honor of the Western Armenian satirist, Hakob Paronyan. The theater is located down the street from Republic Square on Vazgen Sargsyan Street.
It is one of the most prominent theaters in Yerevan, Armenia. It was opened in 1942 and had many famous employees. The theater has been a participant of international festivals in the United States, Georgia, Iran, and England. The acts that are performed here are in the genre of musical comedy.
Ticket prices are anywhere between 1000 and 3000 AMD ($2- $6)
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #9 | Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall
The Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall is a concert hall named after the famous Soviet Armenian composer and pianist, Arno Babajanyan. It is located right beside Republic Square. Address: 2 Abovyan St.
It was named after the famous Soviet composer and pianist in 2005. It is a rather small concert hall, suited to house 300 people. One can enter the building from Abovyan street, and it is on the ground floor of the Museums’ building. It was initially built in 1916.
Must-See Sites Around Yerevan’s Republic Square #10 | Near East Art Museum
It is a museum featuring different collections of Persian, Russian, European, and Armenian art. It is located the rear of the National Gallery building on Republic Square.
It was founded in 1992 by artist Marcos Grigorian in memory of his daughter, Sabrina Grigorian. The museum houses his collections. Inside of this museum is a working carpet loom, and a part of the museum houses carpet weaving.
There is also a collection of Persian historical and tribal art and objects, door knockers, faucets, sewing machines, gramophones, and pre-Islamic art. There are also Russian and European art and objects. It is not a highly visited museum, but since it is so small and unique, it is recommended that tourists take a look at what this museum has to offer.
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