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Yervandashat is a picturesque countryside located at the confluence of two rivers: Araks and Akhuryan.
The ancient city was built around 210 BC by the last Orontid king Orontes IV of Armenia, serving as a capital city between 210 and 176 BC during the king's rule over Armenia and the beginning of his successors; the Artaxiad dynasty. According to Movses Khorenatsi, a prominent Armenian historian from the period of Late Antiquity, Orontes founded Yervandashat to replace his capital, Armavir after the latter had become dry because of the Araks River's shift in the flow.
The ancient Yervandasaht was destroyed in the 360s AD when the Persian King Shapur II with his army wanted to conquer the city.
Being one of the 13 historic capitals of Armenia, Yervandashat has a number of historical and archaeological sites which remained preserved from the ancient times. The village has a ruined basilica which dates back to the 4th or 5th century and the Saint Shushanik church of the 10th to 17th century. Along the main highway of the village, there are many khachkar monuments of different centuries.
The ruins of ancient Yervandashat are found within the Turkish borders, around 1 km east of the modern village. Even though the archaeological site has not been fully uncovered, it has been subject to research, as a result of which the fortifications and some remains of the kings' palaces have been uncovered.
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Sahmanapahneri 1/2, Yervandashat village, Armavir province, Armenia
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