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What You Can Discover Visiting to Erebuni Fortress

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Erebuni Fortress also known as Arin Berd is a fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu, located in what is present-day Yerevan, Armenia. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartu border and was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centers of the vast kingdom. The name Yerevan itself is derived from Erebuni.

Erebuni was founded by King Argishti I (r. ca. 785–753 B.C.) in 782 B.C. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Arax! River Valley to serve as a military stronghold to protect the kingdom's northern borders.

Erebuni Museum of History in Yerevan

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The Erebuni Historical & Archeological Culture-Preserve was founded on May 24, 1968 according to Resolution 225, passed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

It was created to scientifically validate finds discovered in the three famous archaeological sites of Arin Berd, Karmir Blur and Shengavit, situated in the administrative boundaries of Yerevan. The Culture-Preserve’s main interest is in documenting the history of the establishment of Yerevan. It operates according to its charter to promote scientific information, educational and cultural activity.

Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking Ararat(n1)

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The site of Erebuni Fortress was located atop the 65 m tall hill of Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking the Ararat plain and the main roads leading to the citadel. It also overlooked cramped Urartian town made up of residences below at the foot of the hill.

The main entrance to the fortresswas located at the more gently sloped southeastern site of the hill. It led to the central yard of the citadel. Ceremonies held by the personal guards of Argishti I and guards of the fortress garrison were held here. In the southwest portion of the yard was a temple of the god Khaldi.

Excavations were carried out at Erebuni in 1952

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Early excavations began during the nineteenth century while more systematic excavations were carried out at Erebuni in 1952, under the joint sponsorship of the Armenian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and the Pushkin Museum's Board for the Preservation and Restoration of Architectural Monuments.

Dozens of Urartian and Achaemenian artifacts, such as pottery, earthenware, belt-buckles, bracelets, beads, drinking vessels, helmets, arrows and silver coins, were also uncovered...

Teishebaini was built by Rusa II in 7th century BC

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The city of Teishebaini was built by Rusa II in the first half of the 7th century BC to protect the eastern borders of Urartu from the barbaric Cimmerians and Scythians.

Within the city was a governors palace that contained a hundred and twenty rooms spreading across more than ten acres, and citadel named the Citadel of Teisheba after the Urartian god of war.
The construction of the city, palace, and the citadel were not fully finished until the reign of Rusa III, some 50 years later.

Archaeologists from Islamic Republic of Iran have joined the Armenian- French expedition

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Recently the Armenian-French expedition was  joined by the Iranian specialists, who are the employees of the IRI  Cultural Heritage Organization  and Tourism Research Centre. The archaeologists from Iran are participating  in the excavations within the framework of the tripartite Memorandum of Collaboration signed in Yerevan on 2015 between the ICOMOS/Armenia NGO, ICOM Armenia and Iran ICOM.

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The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia Mr. Jean- Francois Charpentier visited Erebuni

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On June 16, 2016  the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia  Mr. Jean- Francois Charpentier  visited  Erebuni archaeological site. Accompanied by the director of the museum Mr. G. Gyurjyan and the head of  the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yerevan Municipality Mr. R. Hovhannisyan, the ambassador walked around the excavation area, got acquainted with the activities carried out by the Armenian-French expedition.

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“Junior Archaeologist’s” school launched the practical courses

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On May 31, 2016 “Junior Archaeologist’s” school launched its practical courses. Representing the special  educational excavation area, the director of the museum Mr. Gagik Gyurjyan wished good luck to all the junior archaeologists and emphasized that all the archaeological knowledge, that they received during the theoretical courses they would apply during  the excavations.

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"Erebuni" Museum-Reserve joint the European night of museums

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On May 21, 2016 at 18.00 “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve joint  the “Museums night” all-European initiative by hosting thousands of visitors till midnight. Within the context of the “Museums night” Yerevan Municipality  “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Yerevan History Museum, Karen Demirchyan Museum and Modern Art Museum came up with a joint programme in the context of “Yerevan Municipality Museums in the Cultural Landscape of Erebuni”.

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New exhibition entitled “The Urartian monuments in the Republic of Armenia” was opened in Persepolis

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On may 16, 2016 in the the Islamic Republic of Iran, in  the World heritage site museum of   Persepolis/ Takht-e Jamshid/ was opened a new exhibition entitled “The Urartian monuments in the Republic of Armenia”. This was а reciprocal exhibition to the exhibition entitled “From Erebuni to Persepolis. At the crossroad of Urartian and Achaemenid cultures” organized in 2015 within the framework of the Armenian-Iranian collaboration. With the welcoming speech came up the director of the “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, the president of ICOMOS/Armenia NGO Mr. Gagik Gyurjyan, who emphasized in his speech that this exhibition could greatly stimulate to the strengthening of the cultural ties between the 2 countries.

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“Junior Archaeologist’s” school launched the educational process for 2016

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The “Junior Archaeologist’s” school launched its  trainings for 2016 in “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve on May 4. Greeting   the pupils and their parents, the director of the museum Mr. Gyurjyan,  represented the main mission of the school, that is encouraging the youth interested in the archaeology, and contributing the valorization of the archaeological heritage by spreading archaeological knowledge.

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“Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve celebrated the International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Within the framework of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, on April 18, 2016  in “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve a temporary exhibition, entitled “Lion and Bull hunt in the Ancient Near East”  was exhibited, dedicated to the heritage of sport. The event launched with the welcoming speech of the director of “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, president of  ICOMOS/Armenia NGO Mr. G. Gyurjyan. Congratulating the professional day of the heritage guards, Mr. Gyurjyan made reference to the history of sport, to its development, which was partially reflected in the exhibition.

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Achaemenid period

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Ancient wall-paintings

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Souvenirs' shop in Museum


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In Erebuni museum we have a gifts' and souvenirs' shop inside where you can buy different type of souvenirs relating to a particular topic.

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The site of Erebuni Fortress was located atop the 65 m tall hill of Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking the Ararat plain and the main roads leading to the citadel. It also overlooked cramped Urartian town made up of residences below at the foot of the hill.

The main entrance to the fortresswas located at the more gently sloped southeastern site of the hill. It led to the central yard of the citadel. Ceremonies held by the personal guards of Argishti I and guards of the fortress garrison were held here.

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