Cascade

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View of the Yerevan city center from the Cascades.

The Cascade is a huge white stairwell built into a Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down them, all reminescent of a natural cascade in a river or stream. It connects the central district to Haghtanak Park and the Nork area.

Although its original intent was as a monument, beginning in the 1990s the Cascade has been used as a discotech and cafe location. In 2006 the Armenian Navy Band put on an open-air concert at the Cascade.

The Cascade is emerging as one of the focal points in Yerevan, similar to the Republic Square. It offers spectacular views of Mount Ararat and the city center. It is also popular for foreigners to jog on. Many tourists are often unaware that the structure has escalators so that they do not have to climb the stairs all the way to the top.

The structure was privatized by Gerard Cafesjian and the top is the site of construction for the Cafesjian Museum of Contemporary Art. Some statues by various artists have already been brought in and placed all along the Cascades, including works by Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova. There are two statues by Fernando Botero a black cat at the bottom and a Roman Gladiator at the top on the platform.

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