"By the Grace of God Halda His Majesty Argishti, the son of Menui, built this fortress and called it the city of Erebuni". ---This inscription was on a stone slab in 782 B.
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Background: "By the Grace of God Halda His Majesty Argishti, the son of Menui, built this fortress and called it the city of Erebuni". ---This inscription was on a stone slab in 782 B.C.
The ancient city of Erebuni now Yerevan, the capital of Soviet Armenia, is this year celebrating its 2750th anniversary.
The city is noted for blending the old with the new...
Modern, convenient buildings and ancient temples and churches erected in B.C.
The ancient monuments reflect the history of the country...
...The Zvartaots temple... It was erected in 641 A.D. In 661 invaders destroyed it... But event the ruins reveal the craftsmanship of the ancient Armenian builders.
Echmiadzin... The centre of the Armenian Catalikos. Assembled here are church utensils, clothing, and a collection of ancient coins...
These stone walls have inspired many legends.
The Ripsime Temple... Legend has it that the building was erected 1350 years ago on the site where a young girl named Ripsime lost her life after fleeing from a harem.
In the heart of Yerevan there is a repository of ancient books and manuscripts. This is the famous Matanadaran.
... New Yerevan is a city of break avenues and streets flanked with buildings of red tufa. One of the boulevards boasts 2750 fountains, to indicate Yerevan's age.
New houses are going up. New broad thoroughfares are being laid out. Yerevan is expanding. This ancient city is eternally young.