Republic Square is the central square of the city, which until 1991 was named after Lenin. By its shape it resembles two geometrical figures: an oval and a trapeze. The Government and Ministries buildings are symmetrically situated on the eastern and western sides of the square; they harmonize with each other in size, configuration and silhouette. The architectural ensemble of the square is completed by the buildings of “Marriott Armenia” Hotel, House of Communications, Hotel “Erebuni”, former house of Unions and the Museum Compound with “singing” fountains in front.
From the North to the South, Yerevan is crossed by Hrazdan gorge with its picturesque parks, lakes and waterfalls, sports grounds, cafes and restaurants. From the “Hakhtanak” bridge across the gorge there is magnificent view of the city, and behind the bridge is the world-famous producer of Armenian brandy, “Ararat” Factory.
Mesrop Mashtots Avenue runs from the “Hakhtanak” bridge. This avenue is the main road of Yerevan with a length of 2 km. During your walks you will see “The Blue Mosque”, the only functioning mosque in Armenia, the ”Hayart” Center for Conceptual Art, the Modern Art Museum, the Theater Square, the Opera and Ballet Theater, the Swan Lake that repeats Lake Sevan’s shape, as well as monuments of many famous Armenians. In the very end of the avenue the building of Matenadaran is located. The exposition of Matenadaran in Yerevan contains monuments of Armenian written culture – about 16 thousand manuscripts.