Named after the only non-Slavic Soviet military officer to command a Front in World War Two, Field Marshal Baghramyan, this wide boulevard is Armenia’s effective seat of Government. The Presidential Palace, National Assembly and Constitutional Court can all be found within 500m of each-other.
The street also hosts the embassies of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Syria, China, Oman, and formerly that of the United States. The old villas and two-story buildings that line the boulevard are quite charming and reveal some interesting secrets to those who care to look deeper.
The boulevard has a tendency to get blocked off by visiting dignitaries or protests every once in a while. As the city’s only metro line passes right under the street, the street is served by two stations, making it easily accessible for people travelling from Republic Square.
Back in the summer of 2015, Baghramyan was the scene of one of the biggest protest movements in Independent Armenia over controversial electricity price hikes known as #ElectricYerevan. During the month of June, the boulevard was entirely blocked off and turned into a two-week long block party complete with protesting, live concerts, and partying. By 19:00, the crowds would swell into the tens of thousands, as locals left work and marched back to the street.
Who knows, this might happen again…