The capital of Armenia marked its 2792 year of existence since Urartan king Argishti I conquered these lands and built the Erebuni fortress, which became today’s Yerevan. Notably, Yerevan is about 30 years older than Rome!
A number of cultural and sports events were held in Yerevan today, which coincidentally, is the 10th day of 10th month of the twenty-10th year (10/10/10).
The celebrations, which started with an impressive show at Erebuni museum, attended by top government officials, including President Serzh Sargsyan and Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamian, will conclude with fireworks in central Republic Square.
History of Yerevan
Yerevan (Armenian: Երևան) is the capital and largest city of Armenia. It is one of the world’s oldest continuously-inhabited cities. Situated along theHrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country.
The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century as Armenia became one of the fifteen republics in the Soviet Union. In fifty years, Yerevan transformed from a town of a few thousand residents within the Russian Empire, to Armenia’s principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.
Yerevan has undergone major transformation in recent years as a number of major construction projects changed the face of the city.
Today, the modern appearance of new buildings, roads, restaurants, boutiques, living quarters give the city a modern, cosmopolitan appearance.
In 2009, the population of Yerevan was estimated to be 1,111,300 people, which is more than a third of Armenia’s population.