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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.

The exhibition entitled “Lion and Bull hunt in the Ancient Near East” within the framework of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Within the frameworks of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, theme of which is  the ''Heritage of Sport'', ''Erebuni'' Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, in a close collaboration with the ICOMOS/Armenia, is  organizing  an exhibition  entitled  ‘‘Lion and bull hunt in the Ancient Near East’’. The exhibition will represent to its visitors some sport events from the Ancient Near East and scenes which prove the existence of the lion and bull hunt in Urartu.  In  the religious systems of   several regions of  Ancient Near East  lion hunting, sometimes even bull ritual hunting had an important role. These  are  demonstrated not only in the various   scenes of the Ancient Near East iconography, but also in several written sources.

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Yerevan Municipality “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve is accepting the applications for the 2016 “Junior Archaeologist’s” school courses

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“Junior Archaeologist’s” School of Erebuni Historical& Archaeological Museum-Reserve invites the schoolchildren of middle ages to take part in the spring school launching on April 27, 2016. The  course consists of theoretical and practical classes. The duration of the theoretical classes is 2 weeks with the 3 lessons per week. While the duration of the practical excavations   is 2 weeks and is carried out  in the special  educational excavation area  near the museum.

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Meeting at “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve

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On January 26, 2016,  a meeting   was  held at “Erebuni”  Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve  between the directors of Yerevan Municipality  “Erebuni” museum, Yerevan History museum, Modern Art museum, Karen Demirchyan  and Fridtjof  Nansen museums  and the  acting head of department of culture and tourism of staff of Yerevan Municipality Mr. Ruben Hovhannisyan.

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Viticulture in Ancient Armenia. A new exhibition in the Yerevan Brandy Factory

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On December 26-27, 2015, within the framework of the open days, in Yerevan Brandy factory, “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve organized a new exhibition entitled ″Viticulture in Ancient Armenia". The aim of the exhibition was  to introduce the tradition  of the viticulture in Armenia, in particular representing the  process of development of viticulture in the territory of  Van or Ararat kingdom, begining from the  irrigation system, vineyard planting up to the  preservation of the wine in the celeries and the usage of the necessary  supplies such as jars, jugs, rhytons, plates and etc.

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Erebuni was represented in the International Conference on “Earthen National Heritage”

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In october 21-23, 2015, “Erebuni” Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve took part in international conference on “Earthen national heritage. The soil as a material for the territorial development of Armenia”. The conference took place in Armenian National Library and was organized within the collaboration of the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia and Lyon National school of Architecture. The director of “Erebuni” Museum-Reserve  Mr. G. Gyurjyan made a report on “Projects for Erebuni - Yerevan.  national heritage, conservation, evaluation and tourism”.

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The visit of the director of the Persepolis to “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve

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On September 30, 2015 the director of  the Persepolis museum /Takht- e-Jamshid/   Mr. Seyed Rezai  visited  “Erebuni”  Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve.  The director of the Persepolis museum, accompanied by the director of  “Erebuni” museum Mr. G. Gyurjyan, got  acquainted both  with the permanent exhibition of the museum and with the temporary exhibition, entitled “From Erebuni to Persepolis. At the crossroad of Urartian and Achaemenid Cultures”, which was organized within the framework of the collaboration of Iran ICOM  and “Erebuni” museum.

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A new exhibition within the framework of the European Heritage Days

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On September 26, 2015  at “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve was held the opening of the exhibition “From Erebuni to Persepolis. At the Crossroad of the Urartian and Achaemenid Cultures”. It was organized with the joint efforts of the Iranian National Committee for ICOM /International Council of Museums/  and “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve  within the framework of the European Heritage Days in Armenia.

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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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