Welcome to Yerevan
With the majestic snow-capped Caucasus Mountain range as a
backdrop, Yerevan is one of the world's oldest
continuously-inhabited cities. During its Soviet days, Yerevan was
known as the 'pink city' due to the colour of the stone used in its
Most tourists tend to stick to the centre of the city which is
easily explored on foot, where they can expect to see some
fantastic architecture, wide avenues and an atmosphere reminiscent
of Vienna or Paris. Don't miss the Republic Square Singing
Fountains, which are illuminated and accompanied by music every
night from 10 - 11pm.
Travellers will also note that smoking is a national pastime and
many restaurants and public places can be polluted with cigarette
smoke, especially during the winter months when it is too cold to
smoke outside. For this reason, Yerevan is best visited during the
summer months when fresh air and warm days outdoors are the order
of the day.
Visit the fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu,
Erebuni Fortress, which dates from the 8th century BC and from
which Yerevan's name is derived, while history buffs will be
captivated by the Genocide Museum and Memorial, located in
Tsitsernakaberd, which pays tribute to the victims of the 1915
Armenian Genocide that was carried out by Turkey.
Religious sites include Echmiadzin where one of the oldest
churches of Christianity is located, while nearby Garni boasts the
2,000-year-old Greco-Roman Garni Temple, made out of basalt and
adorned with Ionic columns. The nearby Roman Baths are also a
popular tourist attraction.
Information & Facts
Armenian is the official language, and it has its own
alphabet. Russian is widely spoken and English is becoming more
The official currency of Armenia is the Dram (AMD), which is
divided into 100 lumas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks
as well as many hotels, with US dollars the most widely recognised
and easily changed, although notes should be in good condition.
Credit cards are not widely accepted other than in some large
hotels and restaurants. Travellers cheques should be in US dollars
to avoid additional charges and there are few ATMs in Yerevan,
including HSBC. It is advisable to carry plenty of small change in
local currency as shops and markets will often not have change.
Local time in Armenia is GMT +4.