Yerevan (UK: /ˌjɛrəˈvæn/ YERR-ə-VAN, US: /-ˈvɑːn/ -VAHN, Armenian: Երևան[lower-alpha 1] [jɛɾɛˈvɑn] (listen), sometimes spelled Erevan)[lower-alpha 2] is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.[22] Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country, as its primate city. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat Plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese, which is the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.[23]

From top down, left to right: Yerevan skyline with Mount Ararat  • Swan lake • Cafesjian Museum at the CascadeSaint Gregory CathedralTsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Opera TheatreMatenadaran Ancient Manuscripts MuseumRepublic Square at night
"The Pink City"[1][2][3] (վարդագույն քաղաք[4] vardaguyn k'aghak' , literally "rosy city")[5]
Location of Yerevan in Armenia
Yerevan (Asia)
Yerevan (Europe)
Coordinates: 40°10′53″N 44°30′52″E
Country Armenia
Settled (Shengavit)[6]c.3300 BCE[7]
Founded as Erebuni by Argishti I of Urartu782 BCE
City status by Alexander II1 October 1879[8][9]
Capital of Armenia19 July 1918 (de facto)[10][11]
Administrative Districts12
  BodyCity Council
  MayorHrachya Sargsyan
  Capital city223 km2 (86 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,390 m (4,560 ft)
Lowest elevation
865 m (2,838 ft)
 (2011 census)[12]
  Capital city1,060,138
  Density4,824/km2 (12,490/sq mi)
(2001 estimate)[14]
Demonym(s)Yerevantsi(s),[15][16] Yerevanite(s)[17][18]
Time zoneUTC+04:00 (AMT)
Area code+374 10
International airportZvartnots International Airport
HDI (2018)0.802[19]
very high · 1st

The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BCE, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BCE by King Argishti I of Urartu at the western extreme of the Ararat Plain.[24] Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital."[25] By the late ancient Armenian Kingdom, new capital cities were established and Yerevan declined in importance. Under Iranian and Russian rule, it was the center of the Erivan Khanate from 1736 to 1828 and the Erivan Governorate from 1850 to 1917, respectively. After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire arrived in the area.[26] The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century while Armenia was a part of the Soviet Union. In a few decades, Yerevan was transformed from a provincial town within the Russian Empire to Armenia's principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.

With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied. As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2022, the current population of the city is 1,092,800.[13] Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO.[27] Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.[28]

Of the notable landmarks of Yerevan, Erebuni Fortress is considered to be the birthplace of the city, the Katoghike Tsiranavor church is the oldest surviving church of Yerevan and Saint Gregory Cathedral is the largest Armenian cathedral in the world, Tsitsernakaberd is the official memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide. The city is home to several opera houses, theatres, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Yerevan Opera Theatre is the main spectacle hall of the Armenian capital, the National Gallery of Armenia is the largest art museum in Armenia and shares a building with the History Museum of Armenia, and the Matenadaran repository contains one of the largest depositories of ancient books and manuscripts in the world.

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