The Great Cascade, Yerevan
There is no similar structure anywhere on the post-Soviet territory. At first sight it is difficult to define its genre: it is neither a monument nor a building. To put it simply the Cascade is the original decoration of the city in the form of unique architectural composition. The Great Cascade reminding a huge multi-tier Babylon pyramid is a system of huge staircases gracefully connecting the downtown lying low and the residential area located high in mountains. All together it looks like an enormous spectacular modernist sculpture. Huge stair wells with fountains run uphill crowned with the obelisk of the Revived Armenia.
The Cascade building began in the 1970s but has not come to the end yet. The Cascade has not been completed. According to the initial design the stairs' top should reach the viewing platform of the Victory Park . Only 20 meters of stairs are missing… The Karabakh war, the city blockade and other events interfered.
The Cascade is located in the very beginning of the street bearing the name of Architect Tamanian. At the Cascade foot there is the monument to Tamanian bending over his general plan. Near the monument there is an amusing sculpture called “the Black Cat” by the famous South American artist and sculptor Fernando Botero.