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In the picture, you can see a larger picture of Statue of Mother Armenia by night illuminated by projector lights and in the foregroud, a smaller more detailed picture, by day. The View of the city of Yerevan from where the statue is located is breath taking.. You can see the entire city from the top.
The 21 meter Statue of Mother Armenia was constructed in 1950 as the Victory Memorial in memory of the Great Patriotic War. This bronze statue, a heroic figure holding a sword actually occupies the space formerly occupied by a 16.5 meter tall statue of Stalin.
The Statue and its location is perhaps the best place to get a view of the city. Don't miss the opportunity.
Written Dec 3, 2004
The self satisfied, well fed cat measuring at 2.5 meters high in bronze covered in black, is the work of the Colombian artist, Fernando Botero and is one of several of his cats located in capital cities.
The cat is a gift from Gerard Cafesjian whose family foundation is seeking to develop in Yerevan a museum of contemporary art of which the cat is the first exhibit.
The statue of the big cat is located at the foot of Cascade in Yerevan, by the park across from Mashtots street.
Written Dec 2, 2004
Cascade is the name of this area shown in the picture. The Cascade was disigned to be a large artificial waterfall tumbling down from the war memorial up above but it was left uncompleted at the demise of the Soviet Union. However, plans do exist to finish the work in future so I hear.
The 500 steps lead up to the war memorial at the top and one can see an excellent view of the entire city of Yerevan. It is beautiful both by night and by day.
Many children are seen playing on the stairs while licking their ice cream cones as their parents rest at the bottom on one of many benches in the park. It is a place for the families to come at nights and enjoy fresh air. There are also concerts such as jazz festivals that do take place on the stairs for public to enjoy free of charge.
Cascade is located by the foot of the steps straight across Mashtots avenue. Everyone in Yerevan knows where Cascade's location is without a doubt.
Written Dec 2, 2004
The statue of a warrior on horseback is of Vardan Mamikonian or "Vardan Zoravar", the leader of the Armenian forces killed at the battle of Avarayr in AD451 when his troops were overcome by a much larger Persian force.
Made of wrought copper and unveiled in 1975, it is by Ervand Kochar (1899-1979), other examples of whose work include the fine statue of David of Sassoun outside the main railway station and several paintings in the National Gallery of Armenia.
The location of the statue is infront of the shopping "vernisage" on Khanjian Ave... Just ask anyone and you'll find it.
Updated Aug 29, 2004
On Abovyan street, next to the restaurants "Square One" and "Marco Polo" is a statue of an old man holding a bunch of roses. The statue may be relocated since there is construction to be done at the location. The statue is created by the sculptor Levon Tokmajian and erected in 1991 and it marks the exact spot where the old man it portrays used to stand in the 1930s.
His real name was Karapet. He was said to have come from a well to do family and was married to a beautiful wife; they had a son. Karapet grew roses. He would take his roses to Abovyan street where he would stand and give them to girls. He was said to be particularly passionately in love with the famous actress Arus Voskanian who used to walk along the street to the theatre and he gave her one red rose every morning. However, she had another admirer, a Turkish man, and this made Karapet so jealous that he murdered his rival for which he was subsequently tried and imprisoned.
He was eventually released and found that his wife and son had left him, that he didn't have a house and a garden full of roses any more. Karapet did not stop handing out roses whenever he came across them. Yerevan still remembers him going up to young couples and presenting them with roses in 1960's.
Eventually he died and his frozen body was found one morning sitting on a rock.
Updated Aug 26, 2004
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