Situated on the bank of Arpa River, Areni is believed to be founded by Noah and his sons who planted the first grapes there.
Situated on the bank of Arpa River, Areni is believed to be founded by Noah and his sons who planted the first grapes there. Excavations held in the territory revealed a number of items dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the Hellenistic Era.
Among the findings there were also several large clay jars, which were used in wine-making. But the most striking ones were the 6100 year-old winery and the 5500 year-old leather shoe. Areni is not one of the closest to Yerevan villages, and it will take over two hours to get there.
Every minute spent on the road is worth it as walking in the village and roaming around is the same as stepping on the stairs of the village’s history and its development along which it has steadily walked.
Excavations have brought forth a number of items, which label Areni as one of the oldest settled territories.In 114 Areni appeared under the rule of Roman Emperor Trajan who conquered Armenian Kingdom and made Armenian kings pay taxes to him. The Roman control continued until 253. It’s when the Romans were defeated in the battle at the Syrian city of Barbalisos.