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Village Areni
Middle East

Areni Village is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia located on the bank of Arpa River. Areni is one of the oldest settled territories of Armenia.

It is best known for its wine production. According to Roman historians, Armenian wine was being exported to almost all the countries of the world. In their turn, Urartian inscriptions state about the high level of Armenian wine growing back in the 8th century BC. In the Middle Ages Armenian wine had reached Europe. A document was found with the note about Lithuanian agents having bought Armenian wine for the court of Vilnius.

The Church of Saint Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother) of Areni was built in 1321 by Archbishop Hovhannes Orbelyan. The church’s architect was miniaturist and sculptor Momik Vardpet who is best known for his high-relief carvings at the monastery of Noravank (located approximately 6 kilometers southeast from Areni).

The 5500-year-old shoe was found in 2008 in Areni in a cave more known as Areni-1 cave complex. The shoe was found in near to perfect condition.

Areni Winery was found during excavations. The winery includes fermentation vats (containers), wine press, storage jars and pottery sherds.

Areni Wine Festival has been celebrated since 2010, and offers a great opportunity to discover Armenia, its culture and traditions, be present at wine-making process as well as try various delicious Armenian wines the fame of which has long been spread throughout the world and which have been inseparable of the dinners served in the royal courts.

Copyright: Davit Mirzoyan
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15000x7500
Taken: 17/10/2013
Uploaded: 19/10/2013
Updated: 08/04/2015


Tags: village areni; arpa river; areni wine; church of saint astvatsatsin (holy mother); world's oldest leather shoe (5500-year old); areni-1 cave; areni winery; momik; areni wine festival; 13-th century bridge; chapels; portable altar
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