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Pulpulak - Water fountain in Armenia

Armenia, a mountainous country blessed with an abundance of pure and fresh drinking water, has a unique and ingenious way of providing free water to its inhabitants - the Pulpulak. Pulpulak is a distinctive feature of Armenia that leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits the country.

What is a Pulpulak?

A Pulpulak, translating to the ‘murmuring of water’, is a public drinking water fountain that is common in Armenia and is an integral part of Armenian culture. These fountains are typically built with stone and stand approximately one meter tall, providing cold mountain spring water. In some cases, they can have a unique design, thus becoming a piece of art. They first appeared in the streets of Yerevan in the 1920s and have since become extremely popular. Not long ago it was very strange for Armenians to understand the idea of “buying water” because water has always been ever-flowing and free in the country. Moreover, tap water is also safe to drink in Armenia, however, for those not accustomed to tap water, it is recommended to drink bottled water instead. Interestingly, when travelers are asked about their experiences in Armenia, they almost always mention the Pulpulaks.



 

A very beautiful Pulpulak in Yerevan's 2800th Anniversary Park.

 

More Than Just Fountains

Pulpulaks serve more than just a utilitarian purpose. They are often erected to honor someone who has passed away or achieved something remarkable. When you drink from a memorial Pulpulak, you have to bow down to sip the water, symbolizing a way of paying respects to the deceased person.

 



Yotnaghbyur (Յոթնաղբյուր, meaning "seven springs") is the name of the famous Pulpulak in Yerevan's Republic Square. It was erected by Spartak Knteghtsyan in 1965. The fountain was restored in 2008 by Moscow-based Armenian designer Nur.

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