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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.

History (Wikipedia)
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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