is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In 2018 we will celebrate the 2800th anniversary of the foundation of the capital city of Erebuni-Yerevan. Celebrations events will take place all around the city with live music, dance performances and other cultural activities.
Founded by the Arartian King Argishti I in the 8th century BC Yerevan is dating back to the times of Babylon and even is predating Rome and Carthage and used to be an important hub for the caravans routing from Asia to Europe. The city’s name Yerevan is an evolution of its former name Erebuni. Archaeological evidences, such as the famous cuneiform inscription, indicate that the Araratian fortress Erebuni was founded on the outskirt side of the current-day Yerevan to serve as a fort and citadel against attacks of the neighboring rebels. Thus, Yerevan is one of the most ancient cities in the world. During the height of the Araratian Kingdom, irrigation canals and an artificial reservoir were built in this area which are still in use!
The cuneiform inscription found in Erebuni Fortress says:
By the greatness of the God Khaldi, Argishti, son of Menua, built this mighty stronghold and proclaimed it Erebuni for the glory of Biainili [Van] and to instill fear amongst the king’s enemies. Argishti says: “The land was a desert before I accomplished the great works upon it. By the greatness of Khaldi, Argishti, son of Menua, is a mighty king, king of Biainili, and ruler of Tushpa.”
Nonetheless the territory of Erebuni-Yerevan was settled much earlier. Fortified settlements dating back to the 4th millennium B.C. include Shengavit, Tsitsernakaberd, Teishebaini (Karmir Blour), Arin Berd, and Berdadzor.
So join our great tours and enjoy this very special day in Yerevan!
Make a date with 2800 years old Yerevan for Saturday, October 13th, 2018.