This town would have been special in any country; let alone Ukraine where most villages are thankful if they have 24-hour running water. Now before me was nothing but ruble and the ever-present sound of crunching glass shattering as we traipsed through the vacant city center.
While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.
Some people can't just let things drop. They just can't let them go. In some cases passion and commitment to a higher cause keeps them hanging on. Such is the case with National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig.
I found myself squirming as I watched the Olympic opening ceremonies, physically uncomfortable as the camera panned the enormous new stadium. It seemed unnervingly ambitious for contractors who had also produced the likes of a bathroom with two toilets in a single stall.
When Pripyat was abandoned, its citizens were given only a few hour's notice before they were compelled to leave. It has remained empty since that time and is now, in essence, a time capsule of Soviet life.