The capital of Armenia is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The largest Armenian city is located near Hrzdan River. The city has been the capital since 1918, but had been a cultural, administrative, and industrial center long before that. It’s hard to imagine that Yerevan is older than Rome, but it's true. In 2018, the capital is celebrating its 2,800 anniversary.
Hard to image how the city managed to stay inhabited for so many centuries. As all other ancient cities Yerevan had its ups and downs. The founder of the city is Argishti I - ruler of Kingdom of Urartu. The city was built around the fortress. Although, Yerevan wasn’t the capital of the kingdom, it played a significant role on political and economic life of the country; it was, also, a large trade center, due to its location on intersection of caravan routes. Development of the flourishing city was stopped by invasions of the Arbas, The Seljuk Turks, and the Persians. In 1679, Yerevan was severely damaged by an earthquake. The city experienced rapid development in 1930s, when reconstructions of the new Armenian capital began. People call Yerevan “Pink City”, because many buildings were made of pink tuff. The city is full of amazing sightseeing places. Your bucket list for Yerevan will be quite big.
There’s Erebuni fortress from where modern capital of the country started. There’re museums and memorial houses. You can visit Museum of Genocide of Armenians or Khachaturian Memorial Home. There’s one of a kind architectural composition the Great Cascade. Its construction started in 1970 and hasn't been finished yet! There’s one of the largest storages of manuscripts in the world called Mesrop Mashtots Matenadaran. Yerevan will welcome you with its unique architecture, open-hearted locals, and breathtaking views.