Many of us have probably heard that the water in Armenia is one of the most delicious ones in the world. The water is supplied from the natural sources and can be drunk straight from the tap, without fear for the health. Armenians have a special attitude towards the water; hence there are a lot of drinking fountains.
Drinking fountains are a public water fountains common in Armenia, which are known as “Pulpulaks”, and are a significant part of Armenian culture. They have appeared in the streets of Yerevan since the 1920s.
There are various legends associated with the pulpulaks. They are usually built when people die or when people are born. We can say that it is a symbol of life and death, new and old. As we drink water from the fountain, we reluctantly bow to show our respect to a man in honor of whom it was built for.
One of the oldest and most famous drinking fountains in Yerevan stands in the heart of the city, the Republic Square. It is called “Seven springs” /Yotnaghbyur/ as 7 people can drink from it simultaneously.
Let’s find out more amazing facts about this picturesque drinking fountain. This pulpulak was designed in the 1960s, according to the project of Spartak Kntekhtsyan. The architect was inspired by an old legend about heroes who drank water from seven springs on
Mount Aragats to gain strength and courage. However, there are more secrets associated with this:
- If you look closely, you can see the inscription “անուշ լինի” (let it be sweet) in the ornament above the letter A.
- You can know the time by the tips of the fountain, as they are designed to serve as a sundial.
- There is one Armenian letter in the middle of each of the 12 holes.