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Arriving in Yerevan at night, a quick drive through tour of the city with a guide offered a blur, but the next morning, we awake to an attractive European capital.  Later, we visit two cathedral complexes.

Our hotel. Erebuni is the original name of Yerevan. 

We were centrally located downtown in Republic Square. Here follows the matched buildings around the plaza. Some are commercial, as banks, while others are governmental. This is now the Marriott. This section houses a bank, our hotel, and a Hyatt Place hotel. A government building. Directly across is the museum, or rather museums, one for history and the other wing for art.

Helpful signposts are found downtown.

Benches as this are found in parks. Note the web address on the bench; the Armenia text is Yerevan. Also, nice hanging plants about the park.

A sidewalk clock, reminding me of the one on San Francisco's Market Street..

Walking nearby, I encounter this sign advertising some theatre production

Then I saw this sign, in art deco style.

his is the Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theatre, founded 1941, not a fun year.

Artistic tree adorns entrance to bank. National government building, containing Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Justice; Education & Science; Culture; and Ministry of Diaspora (and that last one surely is unique, as Armenians are as widespread as Jews and Roma). Contrast: old and new. Cathedral. The leading alcoholic beverage firm; noted particularly for its brandy. And its competitor across the street.
Symbolic decorations. Middle section with more symbols. Competing the form.

Aram Manukian, first prime minister of the 1918 Republic.

St. Gregory of Narek. Wherever you go in Yerevan, you will find statues.

We go Etchmiadzin monastery complex, its Cathedral was founded in 301 BCE.


New seminary.

Replica of cross-stone. Old cross-stones. Another replica.
The different hued stone structure, as seen in Republic Square in Yerevan, are taken from nearby mountains and is characteristic of Armenia.
One of the bell towers of the cathedral, under repair and restoration.
Ornate side door. Cathedral tower. Bell assembly. Top of the entrance gate. While Buddhist temples have gate guards as the dieties of the four directions (one plays a biwa/pipa lute), on the left is St. Peter, and..... ..on the right is St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Interior ceiling. Persian-influenced decorations. On the side, a niche.
Returning back through the spectacular entrance to the complex. The right structure is based on Islamic muqarmas.
Adding the dedication. Next. we travel to Zvartsnot Cathedral, built 641 BCE; in 930 BCE an earthquake destroyed it.
This is another large complex. A surviving arched entrance.
The church was circular, a unique architectural design arising in Rome.
Altar. Another view. Detail of column. The one on the left was restored
Roman bath. Carved eagle, retored. Rooms for the clergy. Throne Room. An eagle column Round walls of a grotto.
Hamming it up at the bottom. Architectural drawing of assumed church appearance. Returning, we pass the Yerevan Hrazdan stadium, in repair. In a quaint restaurant for lunch. Eclectic LP albums on the wine shelf, including German jazz and Stevie Wonder. Another view.
For dinner, we went to restaurant with dancers and musicians; [Video is part of the DVD collection.] The band.  [Video is part of the DVD collection.]    

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