English Park is Yerevan’s oldest purposely-designed public park. This green space gets its name from the cross-and-saltire-shaped paths which cut through it. From a bird’s-eye view, the park looks like the British Union flag; (much to the chagrin of the Italian and French embassies, located directly adjacent to the park.)
Just a short walk down from Republic Square, the park offers a nice escape from Yerevan’s hustle and bustle on a hot day. Locals typically lie on the grass by the fountain with a book or spend a tender moment with their significant other on a park bench.
I’ve been going to this park for years. Despite being in the middle of the city centre, this park is surprisingly private because of the building surrounding it, and the large trees that form a sort of green barrier in an urban setting. My wife and I have been walking up and down its trails since we first met.
There are a few soviet-era stone statues spread out across the boards. We have fun trying to guess who they’re supposed to represent.