Yerevan - the Capital of Armenia
Nicknamed the “pink city” on account of the widespread use of rose-coloured tuff rock in its architecture, the Armenian capital was founded way back in 782 BC. Modern Yerevan occupies a commanding position in the Ararat Valley straddling the banks of the River Razdan. The view of the city from the Akhtanak Bridge which crosses the river gorge is sure to be a highlight of any stay in Armenia. From the bridge, take a stroll along the charmingly named Mesrop Mashtots Prospect; forming the cultural heart of the city, it’s where you’ll find the pick of the museums, opera houses and theatres. At the opposite end of the street stands Matenadaran, a repository for ancient manuscripts, and a monument to Mother Armenia.