Sunday was Yerevan’s birthday… her 2,794th birthday to be exact. Yes, Yerevan was founded thousands of years ago, even before Rome! Though Yerevan’s fortress of Erebuni didn’t grow quite as fast as Rome, the city has a very long history.
It was one of my favorite days ever in Yerevan. Why? They closed all the streets in central Yerevan. It was awesome! People were having a blast on every single street, walking in the middle of the road, bicycling, rollerblading, standing around. The whole center was packed, and events were going on all over. At one point I saw a large crowd coming down Aram Street and assumed that one of these events had just ended, but as I got closer to the source, I saw they were all coming out of Republic Square subway station. The metro was the only way to get into the center of the city, and it was great to see so many people using it. I really wish they’d expand the subway system and close down some of the streets, so that more people could use it regularly, and we could get some of the cars off of the roads.
At night there was a lot of fireworks, and the festivities drew to a close. I guess the party in 6 years (2,800th birthday) will be huge. Put it on your calendars!