The Opera

The Opera House in Armenia boasts a tradition of centuries; in fact, its foundation and the first period of activity in Yerevan go back to the second half of the 19th century. Tha Opera and Ballet Theatre in Yerevan was officially opened on 20 January 1933, with Alexander Spendiaryan's Almast opera performance. The opera building was designed by the Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian. It consists of two concert halls: the Aram Khatchaturian concert hall with 1,400 seats and the Alexander Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Theatre with 1,200 seats.

Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was officially opened on 20 January 1933, with Alexander Spendiaryan's Almast opera performance.

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The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, commonly referred to as the Matenadaran,  is a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum in Yerevan, Armenia. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages. The Matenadaran is in possession of a collection of nearly 17,000 manuscripts and 30,000 other documents which cover a wide array of subjects such as historiography, geography, philosophy, grammar, art history, medicine and science. In addition to the Matenadaran's Armenian manuscripts, there is a vast collection of historical documents numbering over 2,000 in languages such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian. The Mashtots Matenadaran Ancient Manuscripts Collection was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 1997 in recognition of its world significance.

Matenadaran is our identity, flag, the State Emblem. It is, of course, a hymn that will sound forever. -Hrachya Tamrazyan

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The Cafesjian Center for the Arts

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia and presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world. Inspired by the vision of its founder, Gerard L. Cafesjian, the Center offers a wide variety of exhibitions, derived from the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection of contemporary art. Having celebrated its grand opening in November 2009, CCA continues to exhibit unique works of modern art and offers a diverse program of lectures, films, concerts, and numerous educational initiatives for adults and children.

Over one million people have visited the Center annually since its opening.

Sergej Parajanov Museum

Comprising some 1,400 exhibits, the museum’s collection includes installations, collages, assemblages, drawings, dolls, and hats. The museum also showcases unpublished screenplays, librettos, and various artworks which Parajanov created while in prison. Parajanov’s visionary films, such as “The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” “Sayat-Nova,” and “The Legend of Suram Fortress,” earned him international acclaim and led to lifelong persecution by the Soviet regime.

The Sergej Parajanov Museum is a tribute to one of the greatest figures of 20th-century world cinema.

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The Republic Square

Republic Square is the centerpiece of the architect Alexander Tamanian's 1924-1936 master plan for Yerevan, which developed Astafiev's 1856 city plan. The Republic Square gets especially crowdy in the evenings, particularly within the period between early spring and late fall. Directly across the square are the State History Museum and National Art Gallery.  In front of the museums are the Singing Fountains, a popular spot for evening strollers and open air concerts. The fountains are set to music, changing their design according to the type of music played. The fountains were renovated in 2007 into their current computer-controlled water displays, a spectacular show that includes 3-story jets of water and holographic images projected onto vapor mists. The Show usually starts at 9 pm or 10 pm and lasts until 11 pm. Both the fountains and their colors change according to the rhythm of the song or the music played. The water streams, in their turn, change their shapes. As a significant place for all Armenians and a truly interesting and fun tourist destination, the Republic Square should be visited both during daytime and the night-time. Those are two different places offering different views and different emotions and feelings. While nigh-time Republic Square will definitely appear to be more attractive and impressive, it’s only during daytime that you will have a unique opportunity to discover the surrounding buildings, visit the National Museum (by the way, it’s open until 5 pm) and of course visit the nearby cafes and shopping centers.

The fountains were renovated in 2007. And now they feature computer-controlled water displays.

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The National Gallery of Armenia

The National Gallery of Armenia is one of the richest museums of the world. Its extensive collection of Armenian, Western European, Russian Art numbers over 19000 items. The Hermitage (Saint Petersburg) and the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) transferred valuable pictures to the newly founded museum in 1922. The Echmiadzin Monastery presented the Museum with a collection of Armenian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Gallery contains a first-class collection of Western European paintings. The collection occupies 8 rooms, opening with The Mystic Mariage of St. Catherine, a painting of the school of Lorenzo Di Bicci. A separate room is devoted to Italian Art. The Italian collection includes works of Leonardo Bassano, Giovanni Guercino, Benvenuto Garofalo, Bernardo Strozzi, Giovanni Tiepolo and works of other Italian masters. The section of Armenian art includes different branches of national art, graphics and sculpture. It has rich collections of works by Ayvazovski, Shahin, Saryan Yakulov, Gyourjyan, Kodjoyan, Festadjyan and many other prominent masters.

The National Gallery of Armenia was founded in 1921 by the decision of the Soviet Armenian Government, as the Art Department, one of the five departments of the State Museum.

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