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Introduction (Yerevan)

      Yerevan       Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is set among mountains at an altitude of 950 to 1,200 metres above sea level on the river Razdan. The river takes its source in Lake Sevan, 50 kilometres from Mt. Ararat of Biblical fame. Its majestic peak and the rolling Ararat Valley are very much a part of Yerevan's cityscape. Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world. There were many theories, conjectures and out-and-out legends which speculated on its origin, till a basalt slab, discovered by archaeologists on Arin-Berd Hill in 1950, provided documentary evidence of the date the city was founded. When the Urartu cuneiform characters on the slab were deciphered, the world learned that King Argistis I of Urartu built a fortress "...to enhance the might of the land of Biainos and to intimidate hostile countries ... in the year 782 B.C.". The fortress was named Erebuni. Linguists have proved that "Erebuni" was gradually transformed into "Yerevan".
      And now we invite you to take a stroll through the centre of Yerevan, an excellent chance to see the sights of the city and to get to know its hospitable people better.


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