Erebuni Fortress in Yerevan, Arminia

Erebuni Fortress in Yerevan, Arminia

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Erebuni fortress town was built in 782 BC, by Argishti I, the king of Urartu Kingdom. The name of Yerevan is etymologically derived from the name of Erebuni, and the date of foundation of the modern capital is considered to be the date of construction of Erebuni fortress. The ruins of the fortress with the museum are located directly in the city, in the administrative district of Erebuni. The architectural plan of the fortress has a form of triangle, and is constructed from tuff, adobe, wood and basalt. Besides its main objective of protection, Erebuni fortress was the religious center of the Kingdom, encompassing inside its walls the holy temple dedicated to God Khaldi, the supreme god in the Urartian mythology. Up to this day, the front wall of the Erebuni castle-museum has the carved face of God Khaldi, inscripted high above the doors. The museum requires a ticket of a very affordable price, with the simple entry amounting to $2, and a guided tour – $5.

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Stone Art – Noratus Cemetery in Armenia

Stone Art – Noratus Cemetery in Armenia

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Noraduz or Noratus, is a village close to Gavar town in Gegharkunik province of Armenia, not far from the shore of Lake Sevan. The village is best known for its ancient cemetery. It has largest concentration of khachkar stones in the current Armenia. There are several hundred of these khachkars. The special stone carved crosses bring the ancient world into the modern. They appear not just on monastery walls, but everywhere in the landscape, on mountains and along roads.

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