Crabs, bats and communists, in Cuba's greatest Soviet souvenir.
Yerevan, the Armenian capital, is sometimes known as the ‘Pink City’; its buildings characterised by the use of tuff, a volcanic stone formed from Armenia’s ancient lava flows and which glows red-pink in the Caucasian sun.
Yerevan is reported to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It was founded by King Argishti I in 782 BC, on land that had been settled even for some three thousand years before that. Back then, it was known as Erebuni.
It wasn’t until after WWI that Yerevan was declared a capital, Armenia’s twelfth, and as the city grew rapidly into the mid-twentieth century it would be developed to the standard model of a Soviet city; albeit here, a Soviet city rendered in glorious pink stone.
I am currently preparing an article about the Soviet monuments that can still be found scattered across the wide and windswept landscapes of Armenia – in the meantime though, here’s a photographic tour of some Soviet-era architecture (and a few pre-Soviet examples) in Yerevan.