Abovyan Street

Abovyan Street, one of the main streets in the heart of Yerevan, was founded in 1869 and was named in honor of the governor-mayor Astafyev, but the locals called it in their own way, changing the suffix "-yevskaya" to "-yan". Since it was the first planned street, inhabitants often referred to its end as "Top of the plan" (“Plani glukh”), where the Abovyan Park with the monument of Khachatur Abovyan is situated. According to the map of A. Tamanyan, who created the first general plan of the modern city of Yerevan, the ending part of the street resembles the city map. Later, the street was renamed after the father of the modern Armenian literature and pedagogy, the poet and editor Khachatur Abovyan. The street starts from the north of the Republic Square and ends with the round square with a few remaining beautiful old townhouses with black and pink facades and many modern glass buildings..

The street has a history of 1.5 centuries. At the end of the 19th century and in the 20th century, the street was a political, economic, cultural and commercial centre of Yerevan. As a living witness, it reflects the history of ancient Yerevan. It is a harmonious blend of old and new. Here are some historical monuments that preserve the old spirit of the city. The churchSurp Poghos-Petros (Saint Peter andPaul − 5th century ), one of the oldest and biggest churches in old Yerevan, was also situated in Abovyan Street. Unfortunately, in November 1930, Saint Paul and Peter Church was destroyed by the Soviet regime to build Moscow Cinema. Some fragments of the church's walls and wall-paintings are now displayed in the Yerevan History Museum and History Museum of Armenia. The Church Holy Mother of God was also demolished and only Katoghike Church (13th century), situated near it in Abovyan Street, was preserved and restored The new city residence of the Catholicos and St. Anna Church are currently located near Katoghike. The church and the city residence can be seen at the corner of the intersection of Sayat-Nova and Abovyan Streets. Not far from the church, Yeritasardakan subway station is located, next to it, stands the monument of one of the prominent Armenian poets Avetik Isahakyan . Monument of outstanding astrologist Victor Hambardzumyan is also situated in the park in front of the “Black Building” of Yerevan State University in Abovyan Street. There is also a plaque commemorating the Hungarian prisoners of war killed in Armenia during World War II and the Armenian soldiers killed in Hungary. On the right corner of the intersection OF Pushkin and Abovyan StreetS, stands one of the most beautiful houses in Yerevan− Khanzadyan House, and opposite to it is the lovely Melikyan House. On the right side of the street, a splendid square will be uncovered, with its fountain with figures of the 12 zodiac signs, named after Charles Aznavour. The modern sculptures made of unnecessary waste decorate today’s area of Aznavour Square. You can also play chess with the giant figures on the floor of the square. The square is flanked by the prestigious Golden Tulip Yerevan Hotel and the Moscow Cinema, built in classic Soviet style. On the opposite side of the street, the building of the State Russian Drama Theatre named after K. Stanislavski is located. If you move to the north, you will reveal the State Children's Art Gallery. Not far from the Republic Square there is a concert hall named after the well-known Armenian composer Arno Babajanyan, where Armenian music festivals and concerts are held and where Armenian art can be experienced during your stay in Yerevan.

In 2013, a memorial to world-famous Armenian musician Jivan Gasparyan and his two musical friends was erected in Abovyan Street. Jivan Gasparyan has spread the Armenian national instrument, Duduk, and music worldwide. Duduk ( rarer in Armenia “Tsiranapogh”− "Apricot Pipe") is an apricot woodwind instrument with an extremely large double reed and is also known as the "Armenian Flute". The State Centre for Aesthetic Education, Armenian State Philarmonic Hall, National Olympic Committee of Armenia, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Foreign Office are also located in this street. Together with significant landmarks, the colourful street houses many cosy cafes and restaurants, nice boutiques and fascinating atmosphere invites us to pleasant strolls and meetings. Especially in summertime, the street cafes are open and allure the Yerevanians and its guests with the sounds of jazz music that can be heard in the street, making your trip to Yerevan unforgettable.