Blog 1 December 5th, 2017
Abandoned Exploration in Yerevan Part 1
I wanted to start my first blog not only just talking about the beautiful and typical things you might see when traveling in the beautiful country of Armenia. Everyone knows Armenia for usually only two main things. One being it was the first country to make Christianity its official religion, and second it has many churches, (I mean a lot of churches both old and new). However, there is another side to this country that not many people find attractive or beautiful and that is its abandoned past left behind from when it was part of the Soviet Union. In many ways these locations reminded me of my recent trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat Ukraine earlier this year in May. There are many abandoned apartment complexes left behind and even more interesting are old factories with some interesting pieces of history inside.
Last week I stumbled upon this location in Yerevan and thought it would be worthy to share. I assume it is an old factory based on the signs left behind and was most likely abandoned due to a fire which is evident in a nearby building. I found some remnants of the Soviet Union as well, including a red star and many documents scattered on the floors written in both Russian and Armenian. I thought I should take the time to share this location and show that even abandoned locations like this one have beauty in their own way. Sometimes the most interesting places are ones that tourists know nothing about or wouldn’t even dare explore. However, from what I have learned is that the most interesting and unique places are usually the ones off the beaten path and the most interesting people are those who have lived lives that have taken many paths not the typical one that is considered to be a societal norm. No matter hot many paths one might take in his or her lifetime, we all end up at our destination eventually.
Below are some images taken of this old factory located in Yerevan.