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Erebuni Museum, Yerevan

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Erebuni Museum was established in 1968. The opening of the museum was timed to coincide with the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan. The Museum stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has stood since 782 BCE. The City-Fortress was excavated, some parts of the structure were reinforced and restored, and the fortress was turned into an outdoor Museum.

A cuneiform inscription testifies that the city was built by Argishti I the King of Urartu in 782 BCE. The majority of the fortress was built from raw bricks. The citadel was encircled by strong walls in some places built in three rows. The temple of God Khaldi occupied an important place in the fortress. The walls of the temple were decorated with numerous frescos. Archeologists have found giant karasses buried in the ground. Ceramics, potter’s wheels and other articles used in everyday life were also unearthed during excavations. There is huge collection of artifacts, sups, jars, bronze bracelets, glass, agate beads and many other things that tell us about the life of the citadel, the tastes and habits of its inhabitants.
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  • Something about this museum, parts are extremely good and definitely aimed at a more informed public, consequently entry level people like me struggle a bit (i.e. those interested & want to know...  more »
  • The small archeological museum at the foot of the fortress excavation site presents select finds from this and a neighboring site. Many of these- enormous storage jars, bronze helmets, silver...  more »
  • Among all other museums in Yerevan, I heard the Erebuni museum holds the oldest artefacts, potery, khatchkars, bas-reliefs, jewelery, building techniques, dating from the Erebuni era (now Yerevan...  more »
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  • A relic of ancient kingdom - and a first vestige of modern Yerevan
  • It is an historical place, when you walk there it seems that you are meeting people and they are telling you stories of an old nation that survived so many years. Being small nation it didn’t prohibit to be strong. Their love of their nation let them to survive after all the attacks...
  • A 782 B.C. fortress. You can visit the museum before going up the hill. The views are amazing.
  • Erebuni Fortress, also known as Arin Berd, is an Urartian fortified city, located in Yerevan, Armenia. It is 1,017 metres above sea level. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartian border and was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centers of the vast kingdom. Erebuni was founded by Urartian King Argishti I (r. ca. 785–753 BC) in 782 BC. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Aras River Valley to serve as a military stronghold to protect the kingdom's northern borders. It has been described as being "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital." According to Margarit Israelyan, Argishti began the construction of Erebuni after conquering the territories north of Yerevan and west of Lake Sevan, roughly corresponding to where the town of Abovyan is currently located. Accordingly, the prisoners he captured in these campaigns, both men and women, were used to help build his town.
  • Erebuni fortress, 8th century BC

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