Yerevan: The city where Kanye West likes to swim in Swan Lake
In an article published by The Guardian gives insight into the life of Armenia’s capital Yerevan.
Authored by Liana Aghajanian, the article notes that Yerevan is one of the easiest places in the world to meet people and make connections. “It’s a small town in many ways, and Armenians are extremely hospitable by nature, so the degrees of separation are more like two instead of six. It often takes a just few minutes at a bar for strangers to become friends and the endless drinking toasts to commence.”
Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies is described the best venue in the Armenian capital. ”
slick, modern space with 450 computer workstations and technology equipped labs, the centre hosts thousands of teenagers and gives them the opportunity to acquire skills in design, robotics, animation, film, web development and photography.
The centre, which does not charge membership fees, has opened locations in other resource-deprived Armenian cities still reeling from fall of the Soviet Union, and has recently teamed up with the Smithsonian to develop cultural tourism in the country.”
Karen Demirchyan Sports and Music Complex (also known as the Hamalir in Armenian) opened in 1983 is described as one of the architectural jewel of Yerevan.
Located on Mashtots Avenue, the city’s central lifeline, the Blue Mosque is an unassuming oasis that both visitors and residents can easily miss. The 18th-century Shia mosque saw services stop during the Soviet era, but after Armenia’s independence the mosque was renovated with funding from the Iranian government. It features intricate tiling work and has a central prayer hall, library and photo gallery, and offers Persian-language courses. Its manicured courtyard provides a peaceful escape from the noisy Yerevan traffic. As the only active mosque left in Armenia, it now serves as a hub for a growing number of Iranian residents and tourists.
The article also refers to renewed fighting on the border between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian Genocide.