This blog post is part of an Ara the Rat collaboration with Kond Gallery, an initiative to revitalize Kond, the oldest neighborhood in Yerevan, with street art. For further information on this collaboration please click on the links at the end of the photos.
29 years older than Rome, Armenia’s capital has undergone massive changes over the years, but at its core a piece of Old Yerevan still remains.
Kond, the city’s oldest surviving and most charming neighborhood is an intricate series of narrow alleyways and haphazard, yet creatively constructed housing structures dating as far back as the 17th century.
Cut off from the rest of the city, residents still deal with urban issues, including a lack of access to running water, but a walk through Kond means never having to go thirsty - warm invitations for a cup of coffee will meet you in many of its corners.
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Wondering what the designs in the Ara the Rat x Kond Gallery collab mean? Check out this guide 👇