The tiny 13th-century chapel incongruously known as the Katoghike (Cathedral) nestles beside the recently constructed Surp Anna Church. It has a fascinating history: the only Yerevan church to survive a devastating earthquake in 1679, it was incorporated into a new basilica in the 17th century and narrowly escaped being demolished when the Soviets pulled that building down in 1936. A public outcry – highly unusual for that time – led to its preservation.

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1. Charles Aznavour Square

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Named after the beloved French-Armenian singer often referred to as Paris' Frank Sinatra, the square is focused on the Moscow Cinema, built in 1936 on the…

2. Yervand Kochar Museum

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Though small, this fascinating museum does a great job of documenting the life and work of the prolific Armenian painter and sculptor. The museum…

3. Martiros Sarian Statue

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This marble sculpture by D Yerevantsi honours the painter Martiros Sarian (1880–1972). Around the statue is a vernissage with many imitations of Sarian's…

4. Matenadaran

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Standing at the top of Yerevan’s grandest avenue, this cathedral-like manuscript library is a source of enormous pride to all Armenians. The first…

5. Zoravor Church

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Through a dalan (archway) on Parpetsi St tucked between Soviet apartment blocks is a late-17th-century church on the site of a 9th- to 13th-century…

6. Martiros Sarian Museum

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This museum preserves the studio and some of the works of 20th-century painter Martiros Sarian, known for his vibrant colour-saturated canvases. On the…

7. Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum

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This museum celebrates the life and work of the extraordinary writer, translator and humanist who is often described as Armenia’s greatest poet. The…

8. National Gallery of Armenia

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Housed on the top floors of the History Museum, Armenia's foremost art gallery holds a large but somewhat underwhelming collection of European and Russian…