Yerevan Armenia

The history of Yerevan began with the foundation of the fortress Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I.  King Argishti I designed Erebuni as main administrative and religious centre and royal residential site. In the following centuries as new capital cities were established Yerevan declined its importance. I was after the World War I Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia. Thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire arrived in to the area. The city expanded rapidly in 20th century as Armenia became part of USSR. In a few decades it was changed from a provincial small town into Armenia’s principle cultural, artistic, and industrial center and seat of national government.
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