gototopgototop
  1. Skip to Menu
  2. Skip to Content
  3. Skip to Footer>

What You Can Discover Visiting to Erebuni Fortress

City

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

Woman

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)

New York

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

Chess

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

City

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.

Erebuni museum celebrated Museum Nights for the 10th times

PDF Print

images/museumnight2014c.jpg

19.05.2014

May17, 2014, from 18:00 Erebuni Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve hosted thousands of visitors, for the 10th times joining Europe. The project, consisting of 5 events, was in one scenario for the 10th anniversary of Museum Nights and was entitled as ‘’Collections make ties’’ named by ICOM and

addressed to the visitors of various interests and age. Like previous year, Yerevan Municipality contributed the free route from Republic Square to Erebuni museum from 19:00 till late at night, encouraging and making easier the visitors way to the birthplace of the capital. Taking into consideration the crowd of visitors, policemen of State Protection Service, RA carried out extra-fortified service both inside the museum and at  Erebuni citadel, providing  the safe protection of public order  and the museum. The museum staff worked hard all day long.

Though the start was to be given at sunset, but early in the morning the museum hosted pupils from the regions of Armenia accompanied by the teachers and parents. Especially was striking a school from Byureghavan with its special festive project and mood: the schoolchildren from  Byureghavan launched balloons from the hill, greeting the 10th Museum Nights.

Pupils of preliminary schools accompanied by their parents spent few hours at practical excavation area, watching the excavations. A lot of adults were also interested in the excavations.

Within the project 3 times was shown a cognitive film “World in the British Museum” watched mainly by adults and students. The film interested people qualified in culture especially the archaeologist and arts critics.

“Van” ensemble of national dance and song, managed by Andranik Harutunyan, made the night more festive. In the museum courtyard sounded the songs “Ashnan gisher”, “Amran gisher”, “Chakharak”, and the youth enjoyed the dances “Urphane”, “Sebastio”, “Zyngyrta”.

Many visitors were attracted by an agate button dating back to the 8th c. BC and exhibited for the first time for one day. Many of them were interested in almost 3000 years old button.

Later, at 9:00 Erebuni joined the online initiative “kaleidoscope”, watching interesting pictures of the 10th Museum Nights inserted in one album till late at night. The “kaleidoscope” which is accessable in http://prod.kinrvision.fr/opes/display_wall_stack/349user=musec&pwd=2014, displayed thousands of pictures of European Museums. Thousands of Smartphone  owners accepted the suggestion of  European night digesters “ Take a picture of yourself” and caught fine pictures representing the richness of European  museums. France, Italy, Russia, Romania, Spain and Armenia joined the initiative. Erebuni museum participated in the ‘’kaleidoscope” with the high-relief of the king Arghishti I.

May 17, 2014 “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve hosted 2400 visitors. 960 of them were visitors of 12-25 age.

“Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve thanks all visitors, partners and supporters. Special thanks to a visitor who preferred the high-relief of the king Argishti to selfie, valorizing the eternity symbol of 2800 years-old Yerevan all over Europe.

General Menus

What to discover in Erebuni

Most Popular

Image 1

Նժույգը որսից հետո

Achaemenid period

Image 2

Խալդի աստծո (գահի վրա) և նրա կնոջ՝ Արուբանիի պատկերներով արծաթե կանացի զարդ

Silver Medalions

Image
Պահպանվել են ոսկերչական արվեստի բազմաթիվ նմուշներ

Ancient wall-paintings

Image 2

Որմնանկար Էրեբունիի սյունաշար դահլիճից

Souvenirs' shop in Museum


Erebuni

 

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

Guest Book

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.

Guest Book