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The Archaeological museum of Tigranakert is founded in the medieval fortress, situated on the territory of archaeological park in the outskirts of Tigranakert city, founded by the king Tigran the Great /95-55 cc BC/. Various artifacts discovered during excavations by the archaeological expedition of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia under the leadership of Hamlet Petrosyan, perfectly illustrate the ancient history and the rich cultural life of this extremely interesting corner of Artsakh.
At the museum’s opening ceremony, Karabakh’s head of tourism, Sergey Shahverdyan, hailed the event as renewed confirmation of the “historical truth.” “Tigranakert is our homeland, like Van, Mush, Kars and Ardahan,” he exclaimed, adding that he was confident the excavated city would “become one of the largest tourism centers of the country.”
Tigranakert was among four cities founded by Armenian King Tigranes the Great, who expanded the Armenian Kingdom beyond its traditional boundaries, transforming it into an empire and the strongest state east of Rome.
According to Armenian archaeologists, the city was founded sometime in the 80s B.C. and survived through the 15th century. The excavated area around Tigranakert features artifacts and ruins from both Armenia’s Hellenic and Christian eras. Among the findings are two main walls and the towers of the Hellenic styled city and an Armenian church built sometime between the 5th and 7th centuries, in which was found a clay, dish-like item with an engraving that reads “My, Vache, the slave of God.”
In three halls of the museum the unique items of material culture belonging to the historical period of 5 c BC-17 c are presented. These are mainly fine ceramic vessels, stone and glass goods. Especially interesting is the disc of gift of the burned clay with the inscriptions in Armenian that dates back to the 5-6th cc. The course of archaeological excavations that have been conducted here from 2006 are widely illustrated, too. The detailed information about the location, the data of the excavations and findings in Armenian, English and Russian are presented on numerous stands.
The visitors of the museum can gain here traditional souvenirs and various printed production. There is a small café on the territory of the medieval fortress.