Stations left from USSR
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The Soviet Union arguably boosted some of the world’s most visually captivating bus and train stations, not to mention bus stops, even in the most remote areas of its vast territory. Vested with a sense of civic duty, stations were well-organized and ordained, usually set away from the city centres to avoid congesting the urban space with the inflow of vehicles and humans. They attracted small shop owners and peddlers. 

Fast forward twenty-five years since USSR went into meltdown and bus stations have changed like the world around them. Today these representatives of Socialist architecture are plastered with commercial advertisements and political posters, mainly the ruling party. The controlled flow of passengers of the Soviet era has given way to chaos where all walks of life are on display, and more often than not buses’ departure and arrival times are random.

Yet, they retained their hypnotizing charm as places where humanity comes and goes, where time feels timeless. Armenia’s three main bus hubs - Kilikia and the Northen Bus Station in Yerevan, and the station in Vanzadzor, the country’s third largest city, feature an army of vehicles connecting all corners of Armenia and beyond, to neighbouring Georgia and Iran. Not all of them survived the new order, like Hrazdan which was transformed into a restaurant in 2015.

Behind the North Bus Station, Yerevan.
Kilikia is Yerevan’s Kilikia’s main bus station and the country’s international bus hub as it connects Armenia to Georgia and Iran.
Kilikia bus station as seen from the homonym city district.
A “PAZ” bus. This common model of buses was manufactured in Soviet Union in the 80’s and still are in use in some stations.
Doors to Kilikia bus station which has been operating in Yerevan for decades.
People waiting for their buses in Vanadzor’s bus station (3rd biggest city of Armenia).
First aid room at Vanadzor bus station.
Vanadzor bus station from outside.
Reflection at backyard of Vanadzor bus station.
Ticket offices at Vanadzor bus station.
Ticket seller at Vanadzor station.
The bus station in Hrazdan, 45km north-east of Yerevan, was turned into restaurant in 2015.
A mysterious sign on one of the walls of Hrazdan bus station.
A bus station of Hrazdan.
Chai Khana
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