Pulpulaks in Armenia 🇦🇲

A pulpulak is a public water fountain common in Armenia and the Armenian-populated Artsakh Republic. The word pulpulak is colloquial and derives from the sound of the murmuring of water “pul-pul”, suffixed with “ak”, meaning “water source” They are rarely referred to as tsaytaghbyur, meaning “squirt spring”. The country indeed has abundant water resources. About 96% of drinking water is groundwater drawn through boreholes, wells, and springs.

Pulpulaks are a special part of Armenian culture. First, pulpulaks appeared in the streets of Yerevan in the 1920s and over time became extremely popular.

Pulpulaks are small, usually one meter tall, stone memorials with running water, often fed by a mountain spring. Some pulpulaks are erected in memory of dead relatives. In drinking from a memorial pulpulak, passers-by give their blessing to the person in memory of whom it is constructed. Memorial pulpulaks are related to khatchkars.

Yotnaghbyur or seven springs is the name of the famous pulpulak in Yerevan’s Republic Square. It was erected by Spartak Gndeghtsyan in 1965. The fountain was restored in 2008 by Moscow-based Armenian designer Nur.

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Ahmed Ibrahim

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