The building of the National Assembly in Yerevan is often included in regular city tours for tourists. Normally it’s being shown to them from a bus or car window, which means they don’t get to see it properly. The reason I find this building’s interesting is quite unusual, or let’s say mystical.
This construction and its surrounding park are partially built on a medieval cemetery dated back to the 11th century and named after a philosopher called Hovhannes Kozern. This was the oldest cemetery in Yerevan until it was destroyed in the 1930s by the Soviet authorities, which stated that it was becoming unsanitary for the growing city. Some years later, in the 1950s, the above-mentioned edifice was erected on this site by the architect Mark Grigoryan and was originally used by the Central Committee of the Communist Party as headquarters.
Following the independence of Armenia in 1991, the building was passed to the newly formed National Assembly. When I first heard this story, the parliamentarians’ weird behavior became clear to me.
If you want to see this classical style building and think about the ghosts wandering inside and outside its walls and ruling the minds of deputies, you must visit it on Bagramyan avenue, which is by the way full of nice Soviet buildings (yes, Soviet can also be nice, believe me). But as you can already guess, this place, once having been a publicly open park, is now a Special Protected Area, so don’t try to enter it, please.