Armenia’s Cafesjian Center for the Arts is unique for two reason. For starters, it’s sitting at the top of Yerevan’s Cascades. The Cascades are a set of white steps built into a hillside (pictures in the second link). Secondly, the Cafesjian Center is home to the Libenský Brychtová: For Armenia collection. It is the largest collection of modern glass art in the world and has the finest pieces in it.
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is actually a piece of the city of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. It sits upon what is known as “The Cascade”, an urban planning initiative originally conceived in the early 20th century to connect what were the historical residential and cultural districts of the city. Several green expanses, steps and waterfalls were to be built into the city’s infrastructure. In the 1970s, the idea was updated and a set of main stairs was added, as were plans for a complex network of indoor shafts and stairways.
After several false starts brought upon by the collapse of the Soviet Union and an earthquake, the project was reinvigorated in 2002. Almost all aspects of the plan were completed, with the Cafesjian Center for the Arts bearing the name of the overall project’s benefactor, Gerard L. Cafesjlian.
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