Stunning 3D reconstruction of Dvin - the ancient capital of Armenia
22:30, Monday, 01 January, 2024
Dvin was one of the oldest settlements in the Armenian Highlands and the ancient capital of Armenia, dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. In the first half of the 8th c. BC. Dvin and numerous settlements of the Ararat Valley were destroyed due to numerous conquests. From the excavations of Dvin, traces of fires and destruction that took place during that period are clearly visible. According to UNESCO, Dvin was located on the site of a fortress dating back to the 6th century. BC. Starting from the first half of the 4th century, Dvin was the main residence of the Armenian kings of the Arshakuni dynasty and the Holy See of the Armenian Church. The city grew rapidly, the population growth reached 100 thousand people, making it one of the most densely populated and wealthy cities east of Constantinople. Dvin quickly became a regional economic center, a junction of trade routes from East and West. Six trade routes began from Dvin, which connected the city with Iran, Iraq, Assyria, the Byzantine Empire and the countries of the Mediterranean. It was one of the most important trading centers of its time and played an important role in the silk trade route.