Northern Avenue, Yerevan
Northern Avenue (Armenian: Հյուսիսային պողոտա, Hyusisayin poghota) is a pedestrian avenue in Yerevan, Armenia, opened in 2007. It is in the central Kentron district and links Abovyan Street with Freedom Square on Tumanyan street. It is 450 metres (1,480 ft) long and 27 metres (89 ft) wide.
|Native name||Հյուսիսային պողոտա|
|Length||450 m (1,480 ft)|
|Location||Kentron district, Yerevan Armenia|
Located in downtown Yerevan, the avenue is mainly home to luxurious residential buildings, high-end branded shops, commercial offices, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Although it was planned by the main architect of Yerevan Alexander Tamanian in 1924, the actual plan was never implemented during the Soviet period. A decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Yerevan City Council decided to set for the construction of the avenue. According to the original plans, the National Gallery and the History Museum at Republic Square were never meant to be built on the current location, so Northern Avenue ends near their building, rather than opening directly into Republic Square.
The construction of the avenue was financed by the private sector. First, the government bought up all the small informal properties along the route of the street, consolidated the land into larger, more feasible lots for high-rise developers, and auctioned those lots off. This process was done section by section, and raised a great deal of complaints from the previous landowners.
Based on its revised design, the Northern Avenue is home to 4 small squares and 11 buildings with an average height of 9 floors. Many types of stone were used in the construction including basalt, granite, travertine and tufa. The avenue has a 2-story underground parking area.
The official inauguration of the avenue took place on 16 November 2007. However, it was entirely renovated in 2014, and the 2-story parking area was partially converted into an underground shopping mall, with escalators leading on the Northern Avenue.
In March 2019, a section of Northern Avenue was dedicated as Europe Square in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe. The Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan stated, "Over the past 28 years following its independence Armenia, adhered to the pan-European values, continues building its cooperation in the European direction".
The Northern Avenue is home to a number of fashion brands. Many restaurants and coffee-shops are also operating on the avenue.
On 14 May 2016, the two-leveled underground "Tashir Street Shopping Gallery" was opened along the Avenue, with the first level containing the shopping centre, and the second being home to the parking area.