Sergey Paradjanov was a famous surrealist film director and a collagist deserving of equal fame. We visited his Yerevan museum (which also served as his home when he wasn't in Soviet prisons) first thing this morning.
Photo of Paradjanov on a wall in the courtyard
Collection of photo, collages, and painting against a wall,
typical of the visual richness of the museum
One of the many collages on display
We next went to the ancient ruin of Erebuni
(from which the current name Erevan or Yerevan is derived.)
Mt. Ararat viewed from the entrance to Erebuni
One of the few remaining cuneiform inscriptions
Archeology team carefully excavating the site (which was restored
in a slipshod fashion in 1968).
Mt, Aragats (a four-cone volcano) from Erebuni
Sophia, our excellent guide, in the Erebuni Museum
Detail of a Soviet-era housing block, seen as we returned to downtown Yerevan
Statue outside the restaurant where we ate lunch