Victory Park, also called Hagtanaki zbosaygi by the locals, is one of those few Soviet corners left in modern Yerevan. It is where many bright and colorful memories were collected by the kids of those times, and why not, it is also much liked place even now.
Here, you can still feel the presence of Soviet Armenia. The park was constructed in the early 1930s and served as a place for having a rest, fun, as well as organized sport and musical events for the citizens of Yerevan. It was renamed to the Victory Park in 1950 when the statue of the leader of Soviet Union - Stalin was placed there. In the 1960s, the statue was replaced by the Statue of Mother Armenia, the author of which is Ara Harutyunyan. The statue is currently one of the main symbols of Yerevan and is seen from the city center. Next to the statue, you can notice the eternal fire, where each year on the 9th of May, the victory day, people lay flowers in the memory of the victim soldiers of the World War II.
Later, next to the memorial was built a museum dedicated to the World War II. After the Karabakh war, it was renamed to the Mother Armenia Military Museum (it is located right underneath the statue). Before this park was almost always crowded, but now, especially during the daytime, it is very calm. Well, let's say that it is perfect to grab a book and sit on the bench. On the other hand, it is good for morning running and stuff like that. Besides that, there is also a small lake, and usually, there are several swans in it.
However, in the evenings, especially when the weather is good, it is super crowded. The thing is that it is full of entertainments for kids and adults. The amusement park offers almost everything that is available in a similar park abroad. Some are new, some stand there from the Soviet times. However, the renovation of the park and its amusement parts is on the "to do list" of the municipality.
Even if you are not interested in experiencing the services offered by the park administration, just walking around in the evenings, having an ice cream or sitting somewhere on the corner with a panoramic view of the capital city Yerevan is already an enjoyable thing.
Yerevan is not that big city, but there are many things to do and places to visit here. If you have enough time left, then also go for the Victory Park, which is the only Soviet park left in the modern Yerevan. Should you wish, you can even walk there from the city center. The easiest way is to take an escalator of the Cafesjian center for the arts. Get on the top of Cascade, walk a couple of more steps, and the only thing left to do is to cross the Azatutyan avenue, and you are already at the entrance.
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