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Hayk Demoyan PhD

Hayk Demoyan PhD

Director
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute

We are glad to welcome you in Yerevan to participate in the twelfth meeting of the IAGS from July 8 to 12.

The year of 2015 is very important for Armenians. This year we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide. But this is not the only sad commemoration for this year. We also should remember the victims of the genocide in Rwanda, Holocaust victims and victims of all genocides and crimes against humanity.

Hence, there is a great challenge for us, for the community of the genocide scholars to review and bring new insights on the past genocides, and the ways to prevent the most dangerous evil in the history of humanity. We are very much honored to be selected as the hosting institution responsible for organizing our twelfth gathering.

For Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) this year is a very important one. In April 24, 2015 we are going to inaugurate the new museum exhibition where the special focus will be on human experience, and on narration of genocide history and its visualization as a gross violation of human rights. After this, the activity of AGMI will be to research, exhibit and educate.

You are all more than welcome to visit Armenia to see our ancient land, to meet its people, and feel the culture.


Dr. Daniel Feierstein

Dr. Daniel Feierstein

President
IAGS

On behalf of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, we would like to welcome you to our Twelfth Conference that will take place in Yerevan between July 8 and 12, 2015. Our conference coincides with the centenary commemorations of the genocide ordered by the Ittihadist leaders against Armenians and other Christian groups, including Greeks and Assyrians, at the beginning of the last century.

The members of IAGS recognize the importance of research and education to the prevention of genocide. Our conferences, seminars and meetings provide a venue where genocide scholars meet and share scholarship; where we learn from each other with the hope that our research will contribute to a better understanding of the causes and ramifications of genocide, as well as to its prevention, redress, and commemoration.

The theme of our Twelfth Conference is entitled Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides.

We would like to thank the AGMI for being part of the organization of this Conference and for hosting us in the city of Yerevan. When we meet in Yerevan, we will have finished electing the leadership of IAGS for the tenth time. Our organization is twenty-one years old now, and its membership keeps growing with new members from different parts of the world subscribing.

We have particularly encouraged younger scholars to join and lead the IAGS. And when we met in Buenos Aires we recognized the need to use new media to disseminate knowledge to our members and beyond. Following this recommendation, we have made the IAGS Journal available online, open and freely accessible to the people all over the world, including scholars and activists in the Global South. We have achieved all of these goals together, and we hope achievements of the last twenty-one years will help next IAGS Boards address new challenges.

The IAGS Executive Board wishes you a safe journey to Yerevan and a successful participation in the Twelfth Conference of the IAGS.

Overview The Conference Venue Keynote Speakers Programme Schedule Contacts GSP

Overview

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its twelfth meeting in Yerevan on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Director of the AGMI Hayk Demoyan will serve as Local Conference Chair. Suren Manukyan, PhD will be the Director of Conference.

The conference theme is "Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides".

2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.

On April 24th 2015 the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be opened after two years of renovation and new exhibition development. This is the first major re-opening since its inauguration in 1995. The renovated museum's mission and exhibits will feature all genocides that occurred after the Armenian genocide. New exhibits will enable all visitors to understand the deep roots, causes, and dynamics of development and consequences of the genocide, while also offering a platform for dialogue.

The urgent need for early warning systems to prevent genocide, and efforts to revisit the basic concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, are matters of pressing concern. Related questions also arise:

  • How were ideologies and religion instrumentalized for mass destruction during the 20th century?
  • What kind of interaction exists between genocidal intent and genocidal processes?
  • Who are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and witnesses and how do we classify the relevant actors in different cases?
  • How might the comparative study of 20th century genocide help to prevent 21st century genocides and mass atrocities?
  • How might the legal consequences of the pre-1948 UN Convention "crimes against humanity" be settled?

The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed exhibition of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan.

Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS. For information on membership, please see http://www.genocidescholars.org/membership.

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The Conference Venue

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private institution of higher learning, offering a global education in Armenia. AUA is affiliated with the University of California and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States. Founded in 1991, AUA provides a high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education that encourages civic engagement and promotes democratic values, fostering scholarship in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.

Keynote Speakers

Vigen Sargsyan

Vigen Sargsyan

Head of the Presidential Administration
Armenia

Vigen Sargsyan was born in Yerevan in 1975, in a family of medics. In 1996, he graduated from distance learning department of Saint Petersburg State University of Management, the specialty of "Staff Management", in 1997 – from Yerevan State University, the faculty of International Relations, and in 2000, he received a Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher Diplomacy School of Tufts University (USA).

In 1995-1998, Vigen Sargsyan worked as the Assistant and Councilor to the Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia. In 2000-2003, he served in Armenian Armed Forces occupying the position of Assistant to Defense Minister. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant to the Armenian President.

On 27 January 2009, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on appointing Vigen Sargsyan Deputy Head and on October 17, 2011 the Head of the President's staff. Vigen Sargsyan is awarded "Movses Khorenatsi" medal and "Andranik Ozanyan" medal by the Ministry of Defense of Armenia and is a knight of French National Order of Merit. Vigen Sargsyan is married and has three daughters.


Marianne Hirsch

Marianne Hirsch

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Hirsch's work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored with Leo Spitzer (2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller (2011). With Diana Taylor she co-edited the Summer 2012 issue of é-misferica on "The Subject of Archives." She is one of the founders of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference.


Dr. Rouben P. Adalian

Dr. Rouben P. Adalian

Director, Armenian National Institute

Dr. Rouben P. Adalian is Director of the Armenian National Institute in Washington, DC. He has taught at George Washington, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. In 1993 he completed a project to document the Armenian Genocide in the United States National Archives resulting in the publication of 37,000 pages of evidence.

Adalian has contributed to Genocide in Our Time; Genocide in the Twentieth Century; Studies in Comparative Genocide; Genocide: Essays Toward Understanding, Early-Warning, and Prevention; Pioneers of Genocide Studies; America and the Armenian Genocide; Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts; Encyclopedia of Race and Racism; and several other reference works. He also is the author of From Humanism to Rationalism: Armenian Scholarship in the Nineteenth Century; Historical Dictionary of Armenia; and associate editor of Encyclopedia of Genocide.

Dr. Adalian served on several centennial commemorative committees, as well as the advisory group of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, and prepared a series of online exhibits viewable at www.armenian-genocide.org addressing overlooked facets of the Armenian Genocide based upon documented photographic evidence retrieved from the U.S. National Archives and other American repositories.

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Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP)

IAGS and Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute welcome the submission of papers and presentations for the 12th IAGS conference to be held in Yerevan from July 8 to 12 with a theme of "Comparative analysis of 20th century genocides."

Papers on all aspects of genocide and genocidal violence in the 20th century are welcomed, particularly following:

  • "Genocide": new definition of old crime.
  • Conceptual dimensions of UN Convention: new approaches
  • Armenian genocide: A template for further genocides
  • Genocide of Greeks, Assyrians and Yezids in the Ottoman Empire
  • Comparative Genocide Research: the Holocaust, genocide in Bosnia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Rwanda, Darfur and Latin American genocides.
  • The genocidal process: early warning signs, prediction, and prevention
  • The dynamics, causes, and consequences of genocide
  • Punishing genocidal crimes: the issue of reparations and limited capacity of international justice
  • Genocide, collective memory, narrative and public commemorations
  • Genocide education as a step towards prevention
  • Genocide denial
  • New directions in comparative genocide research: advances, problems, and possibilities for future research

We are accepting one abstract per person in order to give everyone a fair chance of presenting. If we receive more than one abstract per person, we will review those abstracts after the due date for proposals if there is room for more presentations.

Besides panels and papers, the organizers encourage other modes of presentation, including workshops, roundtable discussion, film screenings, book presentations, cultural media, and artistic works/readings.

The applications for the participation in the meeting will be accepted by the due date, January 23, 2015. The applications should include: email address, title and abstract (250 words maximum in English) and a short 3-4 sentence biographical statement (please no CVs) should be sent to the organizational committee at: iags2015yerevan@gmail.com.

The Conference Evaluation Committee will assess the quality and relevance of the applications. The Organizational Committee will cover the accommodation of selected participants from developing countries, whose institutions cannot pay their travel and other expenses and students and others with special circumstances. Further announcements will give information on how to apply for each of these benefits.

Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS. For information on membership, please see http://www.genocidescholars.org/membership.

Spaces are filling up, so we encourage early submissions.

Scholars

$120.00
Before June 15, 2015

$135.00
After June 15, 2015

Students/Emerging Scholars

$55.00
Before June 15, 2015

$70.00
After June 15, 2015

Conference participants (presenters and non-presenters) are required to be IAGS members at the time of the conference. Please register as IAGS members here: http://www.genocidescholars.org/membership

Refunds of conference registration fees will not be possible after June 16, 2015, except for in extraordinary circumstances.

About Yerevan About AGMI Getting Around International Travelers Events Exchange Rates

The Largest Armenian Community in the World

Yerevan (Երեւան) is the capital of the Republic of Armenia with the population of over a million people - the largest Armenian community in the world. Yerevan has a history of thousands of years. Built in 782 BC this year Yerevan celebrated its 2794th anniversary, a great event for all Armenians happily residing in one of the oldest cities in the world. Older than Athens and younger than Rome, Yerevan’s history has been marked with lots of ups and downs and controversies.

In 1918, when Yerevan was made the capital of an independent Armenia, Yerevan was a town of just 20,000. Large-scale construction began, which took a more holistic approach under the new city plan laid out by Alexander Tamanyan. The plan involved the demolition of much of what existed, in favour of concentric circles, parks, and taller structures. He planned to make a perfect city. Tamanyan`s vision was a neo-Classical town with wide avenues to resemble Paris, Vienna and Saint Petersburg. Central Yerevan is a modern European city with large scale Modern and Post-Modern marvels. Yerevan had become known as the Pink City as much due to the color of the stone used for building as for the flamboyant spirit of her young population.

Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute

The Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute (AGMI) is a non-profit organization based in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. The mission of the Museum-Institute is the academic study, analysis of the problems as well as exhibition of the textual and visual documentation related to the first Genocide of the 20th century.

The objectives of AGMI are as follows:

  • To promote the collection, study and presentation of the visual textual materials, including also artifacts, related to the life of the Western Armenians in the Ottoman Empire before and during the Genocide.
  • To develop more effective cooperation and collaboration among organizations worldwide involved in the research of genocide, particularly Armenian Genocide.
  • To create and develop and academic institution on Genocide Studies in the Republic of Armenia
  • To raise international awareness among the international community on the first Genocide of the 20th century defined initially as "a crime against humanity"
  • To preserve and honor the Tsisternakaberd memorial complex of Genocide victims and the Tisernakaberd Park.

Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Virtual Tour

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Getting Around

From and to Yerevan

Zvartnots International Airport (IATA: EVN) is the main gate to Armenia. In 2006, a new terminal was opened, where most arrivals and departures are now based. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the departure terminal.

Numerous carriers fly to Yerevan: AirFrance, Lufthansa, Iran Air, Austrian Airlines, Aeroflot and the like. Yerevan is connected to all major European and Middle Eastern cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, St Petersburg, Zurich, Minsk, Riga, Kiev, Istanbul, Dubai, Aleppo, Tehran, Beirut and so on.

As Zvartnots located just 14 km from the center of Yerevan the easiest way to travel from the airport to your hotel or the conference site is by taxi. A taxi ride from the airport to the city will cost USD10 to the centre.

You may want to use taxis that are the official transport of Zvartnots Airport - AeroTaxi so that in case of losing your baggage, you always know where to find it. The taxis are just outside the door.

We plan to provide shuttle services to and from the airport on the 7th & 8th of July.

On Foot

The center of Yerevan is very compact and easy to get around by foot. Yerevan is a safe tourist destination where violent street crime is non-existent. If you want to explore the beauty of this vibrant and lively city, walking is perhaps the best way to get around. Beautiful and clean streets shaded by big Plane trees make walking in Yerevan a great and pleasurable experience.

By Metro

Yerevan enjoys a quite reliable and modern metro system – the quickest way around the city at 100 dram (less than $0.30). Launched in 1981, Yerevan metro offers clean and comfortable metro stations (with ten stops), featuring interesting architectural design and decorated with multicolored stones, including tuba, basalt and marble, with trains running every five minutes from 6:30 am till 11:00 pm. The Yerevan metro runs an overall distance line of 14 km and has become part of the lives of the locals and visitors alike. During summer months when it’s too hot, Yerevan metro becomes the best place to cool off.

By Bus

Yerevan has lots of buses. The fare is very inexpensive (100 dram for busses) and the vehicles are not too crowded. Pay when leaving a bus or trolley.

By Taxi

Yerevan is truly blessed with a never-ending range of taxi services that are cheap and easily available day and night. Taxis in Yerevan arrive within five to ten minutes and as far as the drivers know the entire city, they will quickly take you wherever you wish. It’s also possible to hail taxis on the street.

A taxi ride anywhere downtown should not cost more than 1000 dram (US$ 2). Standard price is a minimum of 500-600 Dram for the first 5 km and than 100 Dram for every further km. almost all taxis with company names on the sides have meters, and prices tend to be competitive among taxi companies. To flag an empty one down on the street, just hold your arm out and pat your hand in the air, if they’re free they’ll stop.

Rent a Car

If you are going to stay in Yerevan for a long time and are a traveler of high standard of living, you’d better rent a car. You can choose from various models of car that will cost from 70 to 450 dollars a day. To rent a car, you should preset your valid passport and driving license.

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International Travelers

VISA Information

  1. List of countries whose nationals are unilaterally exempted from the requirement of obtaining a visa.
  2. List of countries, with which Armenia has a visa-free regime according to bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Please check whether the countries you are a citizen of are indicated in those 2 lists. If yes, then you do not need visa.

  1. List of countries nationals of which could apply for visitor visa only with invitation.

If you are from the 3rd list of countries, then you need an official invitation from the inviting party, i.e. Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. If you need an invitation letter in order to obtain a VISA please send an email to iags2015yerevan@gmail.com.

If you are from a country that is not enlisted in above-mentioned 3 lists, then you will get the visa at the airport upon arrival.

Events

GOLDEN APRICOT 12th Yerevan International Film Festival

July 12 - 19, 2015

The Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (GAIFF) is an annual film festival held in Yerevan, Armenia. The festival was founded in 2004 "to present new works by the film directors and producers in Armenia and foreign cinematographers of Armenian descent and to promote creativity and originality in the area of cinema and video art". Canadian-Armenian director Atom Egoyan was named President of the festival since 2005.

The Festival is dedicated to the theme of Crossroads of Cultures and Civilizations, and features a multitude of films representing various nations and religions, collectively depicting the richness of the human experience.

Vardavar Water Festival

July 12, 2015

Vardavar is a festival in Armenia where people of social groups drench each other with water. Although now a Christian tradition, Vardavar's history dates back to pagan times. The ancient festival is traditionally associated with the goddess Astghik, who was the goddess of water, beauty, love and fertility.

The festivities associated with this religious observance of Astghik were named "Vartavar" because Armenians offered her roses as a celebration (vart means "rose" in Armenian and var mean "rise"), this is why it was celebrated in the harvest time.

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Accommodations


Map of Hotels

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan

1 Amiryan Street Yerevan 0010
Ph +374-10-599-000
Website

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan is the internationally managed hotel brand located right on Republic Square, business & cultural center of city Hotel features 259 spacious guest rooms, including 14 suites; 2 executive floors & lounge with superior service and the city center views.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan guest rooms feature mini-bar, shower, iron/ironing board, safe. Luxury bedding package with cotton-rich linens and plush mattresses provide added comfort. Our Yerevan hotel rooms and suites feature LCD TV with 40 channels and individual climate control. Executive Lounge features complimentary breakfast, hors-d'oeuvres & drinks during the day. Our Yerevan accommodation features high-speed Internet, work desk & ergonomic chair, data port.

Guest Services

King beds or two double beds / Bathroom with separate shower and bathtub in all Suites / High Speed Internet Access / Coffee, Tea making facilities / Personal In-room Safe / 24 Hour Room Service / Individual Climate Control / Satellite TV / Hair Dryer / Mini Bar / Iron & Ironing Board

Special Rates for IAGS

Deluxe Single Guestroom: 145USD | Deluxe Double Guestroom: 160USD
(Includes breakfast and 20% VAT)

Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan

14, Abovyan Street, Yerevan 0001
Ph +374-10-591-600
Website

A luxurious, charming hotel with a long history of elegance, the Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan dates back to 1926 when the famous architect Bunatian constructed it. Having recently undergone a full renovation, the hotel now features an outstanding range of amenities and stylish rooms for the modern traveller. Explore the best of Armenian culture with a hint of Italian style in top-notch surroundings, whether you're visiting for business or leisure purposes. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Yerevan's city center, providing instant access to sights like the Cinema Moscow and National Art Gallery.

Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan was designed by the famous Architect N. Buniatian in 1926, reconstructed by Italian construction company Renco S.p.A in 1999 and completely renovated in 2009. 104 refined and elegant guestrooms with free Wi-Fi in every room and public areas, free Fitness center and open-air swimming pool are at your disposal.

Guest Services

Free Wi-Fi in all the hotel area, Free entrance to the Open Air Zanzibar Pool (in summer) and Fitness Center, Savory lunch & dinner from 12:00 am - 11:00 pm by Italian Chef Executive, Yerevan Spa with exclusive "Water Therapy and Relaxing Zone". Wide range of body and facial treatments and traditional Pilipino massages, Free breakfast, welcoming Italian wine and fruit basket in Junior & Senior Presidential, Airport Shuttle service upon request with hotel driver, Classical Music Live Program every evening in Winter Garden.

Special Rates for IAGS

Single: 63,180AMD | Double: 79,320AMD | Double single use: 74,520AMD
(VAT and breakfast included)

Ani Plaza Hotel

19, Sayat-Nova Avenue, Yerevan 0001
Ph +374-10-589-500, +374-10-589-700
Website

Located in the crossroad of Sayat-Nova and Abovyan streets, Ani Plaza Hotel is one of the most preferred hotels in Yerevan. From here one can easily walk to the favorite tourist attractions such as the Liberty and the Republic squares, the Cascade, The Northern Avenue, Museum of ancient manuscripts - the Matenadaran, Opera House, National Gallery of Armenia, the Museum of history etc. The best cafés, restaurants and boutiques are in the close vicinity.

The hotel is a perfect choice for travelers with medium budget. This 4 star getaway offers good service, convenient accommodation and experienced hotel-staff. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool, a sauna and a fitness facility. The hotel also houses spa featuring massage and treatment rooms.

Special Rates for IAGS

Guests can mention IAGS while proceeding with the direct booking through the website.

Single: 36,000AMD | Double/Twin: 45,000AMD | Ani King: 50,000AMD | Junior Suite: 52,000AMD | Deluxe: 57,000AMD

*For double occupancy 4,000AMD is charged (for Ani King and Junior Suite categories). The rates for De Luxe and Executive Suite categories are flat for single and double occupancy.

Above Rates Include
Full Buffet Breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet, Swimming pool, sauna and gym, Airport Transfer is available for a fee upon request

Imperial Palace Hotel

23 Koryun str. Yerevan 0001
Ph +374-10-588-040, +374-95-591-595
Website

The Imperial Palace Hotel is located in the center of Yerevan, opposite the Museum of ancient manuscripts - the Matenadaran and a walking distance from the Cascade and the Opera House.

Guest Services

Free WiFi Internet, Parking, Full Buffett breakfast, NON smoking rooms available

Special Rates for IAGS

Imperial Queen: 45,000AMD (single) – 49,500AMD (double) | Imperial Twin: 45,000 - 49,500AMD | Imperial King Double: 58,500 - 63,000AMD | Imperial Deluxe: 67,500 - 72,000AMD | Imperial Suite: 153,000 -153,000AMD | Extra bed charge: 10,000AMD per person

Best Western Congress Hotel

1, Italy str., Yerevan 0010
Ph +374-10-588-040, +374-95-591-595
Website

Best Western Congress Hotel is a stunning hotel, earning grateful reviews for its service, style and sensational location in the heart of Yerevan, city's most exciting district. Italian style, modern lines and cutting edge technology are combined effortlessly with traditional Armenian values of hospitality.

The comfort, contemporary design of the hotel, from its business style lobby to its impressive Italian Terrace with open air Caribbean Swimming Pool, reflects a seamless blend of hospitality and relaxing atmosphere.

Guest Services

Free Wi-Fi coverage in all the hotel area, Free entrance to the modern Health Club with Gym and Sauna, Free entrance to the exclusive Caribbean open air pool (in summer), Rich daily buffet breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 in Raffaello Restaurant, Free PC with free internet access at Business Centre, "Made in Armenia" original Armenian handmade crafts shop.

Special Rates for IAGS

Single: 37,200AMD | Double: 49,920AMD | Double single use: 46,320AMD
(VAT and breakfast included)

Hotel Shirak

Khorenatsi St. 13a 375010
Ph +374-10-529 915, +374-10-529-915, +374-10-523-988, +374-10-569-595
Website

Hotel Shirak is situated in the center of Yerevan, next to the Republic Square. All rooms have panoramic view of Mount Ararat and beautiful view of the city.

Hotel Shirak has 140 rooms, indoor café, outdoor café and a restaurant “Shirak” with Armenian and Georgian cuisine. All rooms of Hotel Shirak are fully equipped with bathrooms, balconies and from each room one can enjoy with beautiful panoramic view of Mount Ararat and Yerevan city.

Hotel Shirak is just in front of a beautiful park that creates a claim and ecologically clear environment around the hotel. The hotel is neighboring the Embassy of Russia, Embassy of Italy and Embassy of France. Hotel Shirak is an ideal hotel for a middle budgeted traveller.

Guest Services Included in the Hotel Room Rate

Breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet (in Lobby) and in suite rooms, children below the age of 5 years

Guest Services at an Extra Charge

Airport pick-up and transfer available upon request, Laundry and dry cleaning, Extra Bed (10.000 drams), Lunch/Dinner 4.000 drams

Special Rates for IAGS

Single standard: 24,000AMD | Double/twin standard: 33,600AMD | Single suites: 33,600AMD | Double suites: 48,000AMD | Apartment: 104,000AMD

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Restaurants

Restaurant Websites:

   

Armenian National Food

Caucasus Tavern 5,000-10,000AMD
Khinkali, Tavern

Pandok Yerevan 5,000-10,000AMD
Tavern

Kilikia Restaurant 5,000-10,000AMD
Restaurant

Tufenkian Kharpert Restaurant 5,000-10,000AMD
Lounge Bar, Café, Restaurant

Mer Gyugh 5,000-10,000AMD
Tavern

Dolmama 20,000-30,000AMD
Restaurant

Others

BEER ACADEMY 500-5,000AMD
Beerhouse

26 Irish Pub 500-5,000AMD
Pub

Karloff Czech Restaurant 5,000-10,000AMD
Beerhouse, Restaurant

La Piazza 5,000-10,000AMD
Café, Restaurant

Marco Polo 5,000-10,000AMD
Lounge Bar, Restaurant

Speakeasy Restaurant & Cocktail Bar 5,000-10,000AMD
Bar, Restaurant

Tao 5,000-10,000AMD
Café, Restaurant

The Club 500-5,000AMD
Teahouse, Café, Restaurant

Mediterraneo 5,000-10,000AMD
Pizzeria

MEZZO Classic House Club 5,000-10,000AMD
Club

PAULANER Beer-house 5,000-10,000AMD
Beerhouse, Restaurant

Samurai Sushi Bar 5,000-10,000AMD
Sushi Bar, Restaurant

Smak Salad 500-5,000AMD
Café

ArtBridge Bookstore Café 500-5,000AMD
Café

BEERevan 5,000-10,000AMD
Restaurant

Cascade Chocolateria 500-5,000AMD
Chocolateriе, Patisserie, Café, Restaurant

In Vino 500-5,000AMD
Wine shop, Wine bar

Top Must Sees

1. Cascades, Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Museum

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The Sculpture Park is a small green zone in the immediate North of The Opera, originally conceived by Alexander Tamanyan, and realized by Yerevan chief architect Jim Torosyan. Sculptures from Botero and other artists of international fame decorate the Park. The park itself is part of Cafesjian Museum - the Armenian version of Guggenheim. It has Arshile Gorky, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall and other big names on display. The collection is very rich in Glass Art, has many pieces of Libenský-Brychtová couple, including special-made "For Armenia" series. A separate floor is devoted to Swarovski Chandelier collection. The inside elevator is opened 8-20, the exhibition halls are opened until 5pm on weekdays and until 8 on weekends. The main part of the museum is in the Cascades - an Art Deco version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stretching nearly the height of the Empire State Building. It's a massive white stairway up a hillside of central Yerevan, decorated with green stretches, fountains and waterfalls. Higher level of the Cascades give a spectacular view of Mount Ararat and panorama of central Yerevan with it's hilariously multi-color roofs. The first floor and the bookstore of the museum as well as the indoor escalators to the top of the Cascades are free of charge.

2. Erebuni Fortress - Arin Berd

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Built in 782 BC by Argishti I, Erebuni Fortress carries an immense historical significance implying that still 3000 years ago people lived on that territory. Erebuni was built as a military stronghold and the main purpose it was to serve was to protect the kingdom’s northern borders. Not only Erebuni was firmly ensconced by 10-12 meter high defensive walls, but also behind them there were central and inner walls, which were separating the buildings. The fortress territory was conditionally divided into 3 parts: religious, palatial and economical. The religious part was situated on the southwestern part of the square. It’s where the temple to the God Khaldi was situated.

3. Opera House and Freedom (or Theatrical) Square

Designed by renowned and prominent Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian the Opera House, located on Tumanyan Street, was opened on January 20 in 1933. It took around 20 years of construction works to bring the building to its present day shape. The Halls are designed like amphitheaters, duet which the stages are seen for everyone. Over 200 ballets and operas have been performed there. The building is perhaps modeled after SemperOper of Dresden, however it is supposed to be double as beautiful as the Yerevan building is two sided: One side is home to Opera and Ballet Theatre, while the street side houses the Khachaturian Concert Hall.

Freedom (or Theatrical) Square is part of The Opera. North side of the square is the Opera House, followed by a park full of open-air cafés on the West, from South it borders the Northern Avenue, and on the East the square slowly transforms into park with Swan Lake. The Swan Lake Park ends with the controversial statue of the composer Arno Babajanyan, which already was majorly reshaped twice during the first year of its placement. The Swan Lake Park usually hosts various open-air art exhibitions.

4. Republic Square

Surrounded by 7 major buildings and intersected by various streets Republic Square is one of the main tourist destinations and most beloved places in Yerevan. The square plan was designed by Yerevan architect Alexander Tamanyan within 1924-1929 and was further developed until 1952. The square covers 14,000 square meters and frequently hosts concerts and parades organized at the highest level possible. The early buildings (the Houses of Government, the Ministry of Communications, and the Marriott Hotel) are fine example of Neo-Classical architecture with Armenian hints. The buildings from later period (the Foreign Ministry, and Art Gallery) are Modernist imitations of previous ones.

The Singing Fountains
From early Spring to late Autumn each evening there is a fountain and light show in front of the Art Gallery at the Republic square. The program includes some classical favorites, as well as contemporary Jazz, Rock and Pop. Usually it spans from 10pm to 11pm. It is free of charge.  

5. Saint (Surp) Sarkis Cathedral

Saint (Surp) Sarkis Cathedral has been functioning since the earliest Christian era as a complex comprising St. Sarkis, St. Gevork and St. Hakob churches. In 1679 it suffered from the terrible Yerevan earthquake, and since then has twice undergone reconstruction. The church was renovated and improved upon a plan drawn by Rafael Israelyan. Due to renovation Saint (Surp) Sarkis Cathedral is today one of the most visited and loved churches.

St Sargis Vicarial Church is at the border of the city center, on a picturesque gorge of Hrazdan River. From the Victory Bridge (or alternatively the Brandy Factory building) there is a beautiful view on the church and surroundings (structures of different shades constructed in immediate proximity to the church during the Soviet years of forced secularization). The church is always crowded. Usually there are also many young people as St Sargis (or St Sergius in Western churches) is the patron saint of young people and of lovers.

6. The Blue Mosque

The Yerevan Blue Mosque is the only surviving mosque in Yerevan, which was built in the 18th century for Persian followers of Islam to worship their God. The Blue Mosque covers around 75,000 square feet of prime land and includes an inner courtyard, meeting halls and a theological school (madrasa).

7. Tsitsernakaberd - The Genocide Memorial

Tsitsernakaberd - The Genocide Memorial was officially opened in Tsitsernakaberd on the 47th anniversary of the Soviet Armenia that is on November 29, 1967. Designed by architects Qalashyan, Tarkhanyan, the memorial onsists of three main buildings – the Memorial Wall, the Sanctuary of Eternity (Memorial Hall & Eternal Flame) and the Memorial Column “The Reborn Armenia.”

8. Northern Avenue

The pedestrian avenue was just opened in 2008 connecting Opera with Republic Square, the two hubs of central Yerevan. It's a Post-Modern response to post-WWII Soviet Yerevan architecture. It is emerging as the shopping district, together with Sayat-Nova ave., Terian st., Tumanian st., and Abovian st.

9. Abovian Street

It's home to very few remaining Belle Époque period structures of Republican Armenia. Some gems of Art Nouveau, early Modern (constructivist and the like), and Moorish Revival style can be found in the backyards of Abovian, Nalbandian, and Hanrapetutian streets. Most often they are in a very poor condition due to neglect. Hanrapetutian st. might get a special attention if you are not time constrained.

10. Matenadaran

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The world’s largest collection of Armenian illuminated manuscripts, and one of the largest such collections of any kind in the world. A display room has a sampling of some of the finest works, and the additional cost of the guided tour is worthwhile. The building is dug into the hill and can withstand a nuclear attack.

11. Victory Park/Monument - Amusement Park

Features a huge monument of Mother Armenia as well as some Soviet military equipment on display. Very nice view of the city center.

12. Lover's Park

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The oldest park of Yerevan. Recently renovated in tradition of Japanese landscaping with Armenian spirit. It often hosts open-air art exhibitions and concerts. It is best reachable by metro, station 'Marshal Baghramian' - perhaps the most underused building and allegedly the best in Modernist style.

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Museums

Parajanov Museum

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The House-Museum of Sergei Parajanov, a famous Soviet film director. The museum is best known for special Parajanov collages and art that everybody loves and enjoys. It is equally highly appreciated by children, teenage and most demanding art critic. Many highest-level official informal meetings are conducted here.

Saryan Museum

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If you are a lover of bright colours and enjoy Expressionist Art then House Museum of Martiros Saryan is a place for you. It's a 3-floor structure, built during the lifetime of the artist, as his house and house for his heritage after his life.

The National Art Gallery

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Located at Republic Square in the same building as the National History Museum. Features several floors full of mostly paintings, organized by their country of origin. The Armenian collection is the best and of very high quality, the Russian is quite good (Kandinsky, Serov, Chagall), and art lovers will enjoy the European collection as well.

The Ararat Cognac Factory

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The oldest factory in Armenia. Offers tours and tasting.

Vernissage

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One of the most crowded places in Yerevan despite the season and weather is Vernissage, which goes live on every Saturday and Sunday, no matter it’s hot outside, cold or heavily raining. It’s an open-air market where the best and most impressive souvenirs are offered. Throughout the years it has turned into one of the most significant elements of Yerevan’s cultural life.

The Arts and Crafts Vernissage seems to be divided into two parts, the one part where arts and crafts prevail, and the other one, where more technical things, like different metals and fasteners can be found. The latter is visited by people, whose TV, for example, has broken down, and they need a certain piece. This part, particularly, carries the Soviet Union era breath, and you will hardly see a young man selling those things.

Things to do

For music fans, attend cheap and excellent performances at the Opera and/or the Chamber Music Orchestra. If a national dance group is performing, don’t miss it.

Spend a late night at a café in the Opera park. Station yourself by the sidewalk at Melody Café for some of the best people watching in Yerevan.

Chill out in Yerevan Green Belt. The most popular among the locals are the Paplavok Park (near Moscovyan and Teryan) and the Czerny Fountain Park (near Sayat-Nova and Khanjyan)

Visit one of the themed restaurants in the Hrazdan Gorge to see the locals partying. The food does not tend to venture far from barbeque and crayfish, but it is usually good barbecue, and the prices range from very reasonable to the unreasonable. Check the prices on the hard liquor and wines before ordering a bottle if you’re price sensitive.

Climb the Cascades (or take the escalator inside) one evening for the great views of the city and Mt. Ararat, and then head across the street to the amusement park inside Victory Park for some cotton candy and a ride on the rickety ferries wheel.

A walk through the weekend Vernissage a block east of Republic Square metro through the park is a must. From rugs, souvenirs, instruments and paintings, to pets and chemistry supplies, this outdoor market seemingly has everything.

Catch a concert on the Cascades or the Lover's Park, and an art exhibition at Swan Lake park or Lover's Park.

Do not miss an evening with the Republic square Singing Fountains, 9-11p.m.

Cool down in the WaterWorld.

Visit Museums (Matenadaran, History Museum, National Gallery of Arts, Parajanov Museum, Saryan Museum).

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