Can't have one without the other
Note, change is note always and only for the better. If you were here only a year ago and if you were to revisit Yerevan now, you will notice how many new shops, restaurants and hotels have emerged. You will also notice the change of landscape in the downtown area where most of the old structures have been destroyed to build some new, lifeless buildings.
More of this destruction is taking place near the vernissage. However, it seems there is one very nice building open the corner of Hanrapetutyun and Tikran Mets that will be renovated and keep its identity. this historic building is where the first independent republic was announced from.
Another building has been saved. It is the one on Amiryan, in front of the Bellagio café (note – never go to this café; awful service). the owner won the court case claiming that if this building was destroyed, the oldest standing building in Yerevan would be the Iranian mosque on Mashtots… imagine that!