Yerevan-The Pink City
Armenian where Yerevan starts from and, unhesitatingly, they will point at
Mount Ararat. The Great Mountain dominates the entire landscape like a
mysterious eye or a word comprehensible to the chosen and yet fully
comprehended by none. Tamanyan employed the absolute beauty of the mountain by
seeing to it that Ararat was always visible from any building in the city.
There is a
superb panorana of Ararat from Yerevan. The Russian Tsar Nickolas the I made a
pilgrimage to enjoy this view. In the past, Aram Street was called Tsarski. The
Tsar stopped here in 1837. According to the records, 'the Tsar woke up early in
the morning and approached the window that looked at the Zangou to see the peak
of Ararat, but it was shrouded in clouds. The weather was rainy, and the
mountain was covered with a thick blanket of fog during all the three days of
the Tsar's stay in the Ararat Valley. Nicholas departed without seeing Ararat,
"1 paid my visit to the Holy Mountain, but it hid from me. I did not see
it. Neither did Ararat see the Russian Tsar. I do not know whether there will
be another chance for it to see me.'"
capricious but incorruptible. Any moment it may cover its snowy peak with
cloudy curtains. 'I managed to see the clouds' worship of Ararat,' said the
Russian poet O. Mandelshtam. The Mountain of all Mountains was kind to him. The
poet assured that he had developed a 'sixth sense of Ararat,' the sense of the
mountain's gravity. Ararat is the preferred sight in Yerevan although it is
not included in tourist guides.
proclaimed the capital of the Republic of Armenia in 1918. It is the twelfth
capital of Armenia, its industrial, banking, cultural, artistic and scientific
centre and its most important junction of air, rail and motor roads. The
legislative, executive and judicial branches of state power are based in
Yerevan. The capital is in the Ararat Patriarchal Diocese of the Armenian
Apostolic Church with St Sargis Vicarial Church at its heart.
the city was granted marz status. Yerevan is governed by Yerevan Municipality
with the Mayor at its head. In conformity with the RA Law on Local
Self-Government in Yerevan, in 2009 Yerevan became a community with its
neighborhoods as its administrative districts. 65 members of Yerevan Council
elect the Mayor of Yerevan.
encompasses the neighborhoods of Avan, Arabkir, Ajapnyak, Davita- shen,
Qanaqer-Zeytoun, Malatya-Sebastya, New Nork, Nork-Marash, Nouba- rashen,
Kentron (centre). Shengavit, Erebouni, the villages of Noubarashen. Noragavit,
Noragyugh, Davitashen, Haghtanak, Cilician Neighbourhood, the adjacent Jrvezh,
Arinj, Argavand and Zovouni. The population number is 1.1 m. Over 97 % of the
population are Armenians. Yerevan participates in twinning projects with 29
cities around the world (Titograd, Cambridge, Carrara, Lyon. Athens, Florence,
Sao Paulo, Minsk, Moscow, etc.).
of the city - its coat of arms, flag, anthem Erebouni-Yerevan (music by E.
Hovhannisyan and lyrics by P. Sevak) - were established in 2004.
etymology of the name of the city is of interest both to Armenians and
foreigners. According to the Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, the name Yerevan
stems from the name of the Erebouni Citadel and means a building or
settlement. Some scholars believe that Erebouni means victory, li could also
mean the victory of the creative spirit.
romantic etymology is connected with the legend of Noah's Ark: the first land
that Noah saw after the waters of the Deluge subsided was the site of Yerevan -
Nakhijevan (the first dwelling) - or the first place where Noah stopped. 'Yerev
and' (look there), Noah exclaimed happily. And so the city was christened
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