If you are in Armenia and don’t know what kind of souvenir you want, here is a perfect place for you. You will lose yourself here and won’t get out without souvenirs or any interesting handmade artwork. The most interesting part of the market is the jewelry pavilions where you can see beautiful handmade silver and gold.
Probably one of the most visited places in Yerevan is the Vernissage Market which started its history in the 1980s. In the area of nowadays, Saryan’s Park has opened the exhibition under the open sky. In the first years of working the market mainly exhibited and sold only the pictures.
If you wonder why you should visit this place, know here are located the best pavilions with different souvenirs and other useful products. If you hesitate or don’t know what to buy, in the market you would be lost in a diversity of choice. Kind and generous traders will help you to take the right decision and will offer you only handmade works.
Then it got its name Vernissage because it was the first one in Armenia. But some years later, the market divided into two parts. The painters stayed in the park, the other traders of arts and crafts got the area in the adjacent park of Republic Square, in the middle of Aram and Buzand Streets. In front of the Vernissage is standing a big statue of Vardan Mamikonyan who is one of the famous Armenian heroes of all the times.
After the official opening, the organizers decided that this market must work only on weekends. And since in 1987 Vernissage works, the founder of it is Harutyun Navasardyan. Due to efforts of him this market is considered to be one of the famous places in Armenia where you can feel the Armenian culture.
The open-air market has pavilions where the traders present and sell their handmade goods. It has been already 34 years every weekend at 7 a.m. thousand people gather here to sell and to buy useful items. Nearly thousand traders present here the works of modern Armenian Painters, traditional handmade works, national musical instruments, souvenirs, silver and gold jewelry, rugs, household items and other cultural works.
Also, you can find dolls, antique items, carved wood, clay, metal and ceramics artworks, traditional carpets, old collections of coins and medallions, interesting books, jewelry, musical instruments, and electronics. But the good thing is The Municipality of Yerevan started a new project of improvement which will make a new breath and view to this lovely place.
But if you want to buy a picture you can visit Saryan's parks where you can find the works of many talented painters of Armenia. It is situated in the French square, on the opposite street of Opera and Ballet House. The park was named after great Armenian painter Martiros Saryan, one of the greatest painters of all the time.