By visiting Armenia you will appear in a magic and tiny world, with the area of only 30,000 sq.km, which is located in the crossroad of Europe and Asia, where the colors of East and West are joining. The Armenia’s ancient history is written in its mountains. Armenia’s history is engaged with the history of the ancient world. This fact is witnessed in the ancient books and manuscripts of Matenadaran, the stories of ancient historians (Plinius, Herodotus), who have witnessed stories about Armenians’ participation in Troy Battle, defeat of Assyria and Babylonl and you will amaze if you learn that an area of 30,000 sq.km was ever called “Sea to Sea Armenia”.
You will realize an unforgettable return to the past.
Yerevan is the capital of Armenia from 1918 and is the 12-th capital in Armenia’s history. It is also one of the ancient cities of the world. During the excavations an ancient cuneiform was found, which verifies that the King Argishti I on 782 B.C. has founded the castle of Erebuni; the remnants of the castle still exist in the Yerevan city area. The scientists assume that the name of the city comes from the name of the castle Erebuni. According to another hypothesis, the name Yerevan has come from the time when Noah’s Ark landed at Ararat Mountain, Noah saw the land and exclaimed “Yerevats” (in Armenian “Visible”) (the name “Yerevan” comes from this word).
The capital city, Yerevan, is commonly believed to be named after words spoken by Noah (yes, that Noah…of the ark).After the waters subsided and Noah found his ark on Mt. Ararat, he shouted “yerevats”which means “I see” referring to the land he finally saw after all of the flooding.Yerevats eventually became Yerevan.
The city of Yerevan has been continuously inhabited for over 2,700 years. Only a few cities, which include Jerusalem and Damascus (the oldest such city), are older.