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For a semi-desert city, Yerevan has a surprising number of green parks, each providing a shady respite from the host summer sun or a place to winter sun.
Nestled between Sarian and Conservatory parks is the lower end of Tamanian Park that has been taken over by Santa Fe Café and links Opera Square with one of Yerevans most amazing views, the Cascade Park and Monument.
Tamanian Park /Cascade , north of Opera, is an oasis in the middle of an urban jungle, an immaculately maintained park without any café to interrupt the greenery or prevent passersby from strolling or sitting along the manicured lawns and flower beds. A series of fountains center the park as its leads towards the equally beautiful Cascade monument.
The parks preservation is a gift from Gerard L. Cafesjian, a wealthy Armenian-American whose private modern sculpture collection will be housed in the Cafesjian Museum complex under construction at the top of Cascade, due to open summer of 2009.
The park includes the statue to Alexander Tamanian and the large Cat by the Latin American sculptor Fernando Botero, part of the vast modern art collection Cafesjian is donating to the museum.
Parks are popular by young and old alike, a chance to catch some cool evening air on a hot night, to catch up on local gossip, or simply to rest and watch the world go by.
Provided by Richard Ney
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