Armenia — Yerevan (Downtown)

Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, has a long history. Its Matenadaran Library houses over 17,000 Armenian manuscripts and 100,000 medieval and modern documents. While the ancient manuscripts are amazing, I become most interested with the exterior of the building and its remnants on display. Other interesting sights in town include the food market filled with many varieties of fresh and dried fruits. And the Blue Mosque, built in 1765 by a Persian governor.

At the hands of the Ottoman Empire, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed, as early as 1896 till as late as 1922. These times are documented at Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum. At the end of the museum is a towering monument and endless flame, where one can leave a white carnation.

Photos taken May 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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