I stayed in Yerevan four days but in fact, I made three whole days trips so I went for sightseeing of the town in the evening. Yerevan is less interesting than Tbilisi, it has no old part butt it is quite nice. The most fascinating place for me was Cascade.
The Cascade is a huge white stairwell, something like Potemkin stairs in Odessa, built into a Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down them, all reminescent of a natural cascade in a river or stream.
Currently, in the summer months, the area becomes a hot spot for entertaining the general public with many free outdoor concerts. Performers include some of Armenia's most popular musicians, as well as groups from abroad.
It offers spectacular views of Mount Ararat and the city center. Many tourists are often unaware that the structure has escalators so that they do not have to climb the stairs all the way to the top. We found these escalators :).
Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps are also rooms connected to some of the landings along the escalators which comprise the Cafesjian Museum of Art.
The construction began in 1971, during the Soviet period. The first phase was completed in 1980. Further development was implemented between 2002 and 2009 when the complex was handed over to the American-Armenian businessman Gerard Cafesjian in the early 2000s and a complete renovation was performed. The inauguration took place on 17 November 2009.It is said that "the museum project represents one of the most ambitious works of contemporary architecture undertaken in any of the former republics of the Soviet Union." The New York Times described it as "a mad work of architectural megalomania and architectural recovery, (...) one of the strangest and most spectacular museum buildings to open in ages.
Two other views in Workshops.
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macjake (55520) 2014-04-15 1:15
we are side by side in the gallery page today :)
i've been looking at this photo for a few minutes now and i still can't quite make it out properly.
what am i looking at? :)
i don't know, but it looks like interesting pieces of architecture. Kind of strange coming from your gallery! excellent shot with the slow 1/4 speed.
I'll have to check out the ws photo too.
good to hear you made it home safe and sound once again!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-15 1:52
The symmetry of your shot really works well and the low light has been captured perfectly with your choice of exposure. I love the interplay of circles and rectangular steps- a beautifully balanced composition.
The eye returns again and again to the wheel in the upper right third with the extra detail - the odd one out!
Great work, thanks for sharing
snunney (82519) 2014-04-15 3:33
A mots unusual construction and beautifully captured in this perfectly exposed image. I like the symmetry and the warm light and colours. Excellent detail.
Romano46 (17470) 2014-04-15 3:45
un ottimo colpo d'occhio!
Hai trasformato questo soggetto in un motivo grafico di particolare rilievo e ne hai sfruttato al massimo anche l'omogeneità del colore e la geometria delle forme.
Una ripresa eccellente oltre che per composizione anche per gestione della luce e definizione.
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (58652) 2014-04-15 5:01
J'aime beaucoup le graphisme et la symétrie de cette composition. La lumière est belle et fait bien ressortir les détails.Les couleurs de terre sont parfaitement revenues.
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-04-15 6:51
1800! Congratulations! I have enjoyed so many of your photos - like this one, they are all finely crafted, wonderfully composed.
I haven't been to Armenia for many years, but your note so captured what Yerevan is like.
holmertz (40055) 2014-04-15 7:20
I knew about the escalators but climbed the stairs anyway, even in the heat, to keep a watch for the best photo spot. But since I am usually more interested in street views than in general views I didn't find so many interesting spots. I don't remember noticing this particular place. The round shapes and the steps, as well as the play of light and shades, have created an interesting pattern, especially thanks to the tight cropping.
batalay (35367) 2014-04-15 8:39
Congratulations on your 1800th. The resolution, sharpness and color fidelity are perfect in this photo with symmetric perspective. I should have asked you to log into my website, so that a flag of Armenia would be raised in the "Flag Counter." We have been in Las Vegas for the past two days, and in LA and Pasadena for the three days prior to that. We return to Virginia then I leave tomorrow for Istanbul. I could never match your travels, but we did see Serghei in Pasadena. He came to my lecture and a small reception following the lecture.
Warm regards to your family. How many minutes will you be home, before you leave on another lengthy trip.
rychem (22179) 2014-04-15 9:04
Bardzo, bardzo graficzne zdjęcie, doskonały symetryczny kadr i ciekawe światło, super
serp2000 (39540) 2014-04-15 11:33
My congratulations, Malgo on your 1800th post!
Fantastic quality, wonderful composition. I have to say I have never seen this place, thanks for this interesting post and very informative and useful note.
Have a good trip!
Best wishes from LA!
Silvio1953 (120566) 2014-04-15 12:28
Ciao Malgorzata, congratulations for your 1800th post on TE, beautiful and original composition, great graphic and excellent clarity, I like a lot, brava, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (31380) 2014-04-15 15:04
1800 foto pubblicate sono veramente un grande numero!!!
Vuol dire che sono 1800 giorni dedicati a TE.
Sono 1800 note da ricercare e da scrivere.
1800 foto che hai dovuto scegliere tra le migliaia che hai scattato. Insomma, tanto tempo dedicato a questa passione e a noi che guardiamo e commentiamo. Complimenti.
La foto è molto originale e, per fortuna, ci sono le foto del ws, che rendono tutto più comprensibile, un ottimo lavoro fatto con attenzione.
kasianowak (5942) 2014-04-16 2:32
Swietnie skomponowane zdjecie, bardzo podoba mi sie tu symetria i ksztalty.
To bylo moje ulubione "fotograficzne" miesce w Erewaniu. :)
Tigerlily (3075) 2014-04-16 6:04
A superb image, Malgo. Excellent skills, you handled the color, light and perspective beautifully. Great work!
photoray (11763) 2014-04-16 7:09
Stimulating, disturbing, and impressive "architectural megalomania" indeed. Like concrete parasols stacked into a triangle with detailed structure.
Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (13552) 2014-04-16 15:49
Hi there miss Malgo,
This is a wildly fascinating photo...even with the WS picture I'm finding it hard to piece together the imagery. :) An incredible composition of shapes, textures and war caramel colors. The tight framing really lets the imagination run crazy with ideas...I love it! Glad you had a wonderful trip with great memories and pictures. Welcome back....although, you never really left TE, did you? ;)
worldcitizen (6801) 2014-04-18 12:34
I love the repetitive detail you chose to focus on. Great presentation, and I like the warm color and feeling to it. Congrats on 1800 photos...wow!! I've definitely been learning more about Armenia and Georgia lately. :-)
jmdias (54517) 2014-04-23 1:33
marvelous shapes and structures. I liked the golden light and hues you got in the compo. a very beautiful job. TFS.
mcmtanyel (12447) 2014-05-02 19:51
This is very striking (I've been eyeing this for a while now) with perfect symmetry and excellent repeating patterns. Light management is super and a big congratulations for your steady hands which can take such sharp photos at 1/4 seconds. Congrats on your 1800th, too!
The WS photo is very nice, too.
fritzi007 (4499) 2014-05-04 13:46
sehr schönes Foto mit hoher Qualität und sehr guter Info!
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