New Church in Yerevan
I'm not a big fan of church-building, and yes, I know many people will think the nations other needs are more pressing, but I'm happy to see the buildings on the corner of Abovyan/Sayat Nova being torn down to reveal the beautiful 12th century church, which will then be expanded into a complex of churches. This little church (in the photo above) had a basilica added to it (18th century) which was torn down in Soviet times. The remaining structure (again, the church pictured above) was then discovered to be as 12th century, and was only spared demolition by popular demand to preserve it... a brave stand taken in Stalin's (I think) time. Now the new complex will go a little way towards bringing back some of the older architecture of the city - a number of other destroyed churches have no traces left of them besides some old black and white photos.
In other news, this April has been incredibly rainy - and the extended forecast is for rain just about every day for the rest of the month. Very depressing and unusual. Also unusual was last nights incredibly loud thunder, which kept me and others awake for a while. Quite a fitful night of sleep for man of us.