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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.

Maestro Hovhannes Cheqijans anniversary at Erebuni

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26.11.2013

Today, series of events dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Maestro Hovhannes Cheqichyan were launched from ‘’Erebuni’’ Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, the cradle of Yerevan.

To meet the eminent conductor, Museum-Reserve hosted responsible persons and specialists, in Armenian cultural heritage preservation who came to wish all the best to the honored worker and respectable citizen with all their hearts.

Opening the homage event, Gagik Gyurjyan, the director of the museum-reserve, specified, that, if already a decade the world views the performing technique as  intangible heritage and appeals to keep it and pass to the future generations, so for over a half century, Hovh. Cheqijyan assumed the high mission to insert deeply the capella of Armenia in the national treasury of our culture.

Accompanied by the music performance of a pianist Mikayel Gabrielyan, the guests watched a slide show entitled as “The hero of Our times’’ prepared in partnership of museum-reserve and “Photolur” agency. It showed the selected photos of the maestro including photos from Nemrut still library. He got surprised by many photos and tried to comment them for the guests.

Maestro was greeted and wished all the best by S. Geghamyan, the head of the Board of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, RA; A. Abroyan, the head of agency of preservation of Historic and Cultural Monuments; A. Isahakyan, the director of Literature Institute, NAS, RA; deputy director of the Institute of Ethnography and Science G. Sargsyan; deputy director of Art Institute A. Asatryan; the director of the Historical&Cultural Research center H.Simonyan; the director of Music Library G. Nahatakyan; the president of ‘’Art Gallery’’ fund M. Shahinyan. They all mentioned in their speech that the Armenian academic choir became the symbol of unity and discipline as a result of  Hovh. Cheqijyan’s hard work and self-devotion.  Singers of choir, who were present at the event, sang the hymn ‘’ Erebuni-Yerevan’’ dedicating it to the maestro who is also an honorable citizen of Yerevan.

Expressing his thanks, notable benefactor of Armenian choir art said the following. “Thanks a lot to the god for giving me the abilities to raise my motherland. I am rich and happy to serve my motherland”.

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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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