Another wonder of Armenian architecture is the building of Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan. Located in the heart of Yerevan, this building is another masterpiece of Alexander Tamanyan, that was awarded the Grand Prize at the World Exhibition in Paris. The building is considered to be the symbol of music culture expressed through the architectural grace and classic splendour.
The Theatre of Opera and Ballet was officially opened on 20 January 1933. The building is round in shape. It consists of two concert halls: Aram Khachaturian concert hall with 1,400 seats and Aleksandr Spendarian Opera and Ballet National Theatre with 1,200 seats.
There is a round square in front of the Theatre of Opera and Ballet named “Azatutyun”- Freedom. The statues of Armenian great poet Hovhannes Tumanian and composer Aleksandr Spendarian are located here. The Freedom square is one of the favourite spots of the locals and the guests of the city, as it is not only a cultural centre and an impressive architectural monument, but also a lovely place to stroll and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the city.