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From the centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia.

Yerevan, with a population of more than a million, is a mainly modern city. Those looking for exotic, crowded markets and a touch of the "Orient" will be disappointed. The city centre consists of straight streets on a chequered pattern inside a circle, obviously coming straight from an architect's drawing-board during Soviet times. The streets and pavements are wide, everything is neat and tidy, and apart from one or two old churches there is very little left from before the 20th century.

Some may call Yerevan boring, I found it quite pleasant. I enjoyed being able to cross the streets with no fear of being overrun by crazy drivers. The atmosphere was very relaxed, including the traffic. The lack of exotic sights is made up for by a number of interesting museums.

My only complaint, as a fan of taking pictures in crowded streets, was that Yerevan is such a "normal" city that I had difficulties taking any pictures at all.

This is one of my relatively few photos from Yerevan, taken towards the evening at Hanrapetutyan Hraparak, Republic Square, one of the two major hubs of central Yerevan. The building behind the ladies is the Ministry of foreign affairs.

I will show another picture from across the street in a workshop.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3571 W: 301 N: 7713] (40049)
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