As a palace complex for kings of the Yervandid dynasty became a
many-roomed building on the eastern slope of the hill. The Urartian
temple then is reconstructed and made the king’s temple of Sun and
Moon. In order to fortify the entry to the temple from the north-west
side, a half-rounded turret is built down the slope, the stones of
which are connected with each other by iron clamps which have the form
of swallow’s tail.
In the West side of the fortress between the two fortress’ walls
lived rather modest people, the foundations of whose houses still
At the southern foot of the hill on two rocky blocks king Yervand ordered Greek inscriptions, which give an account of political matters at the end of III BC, the worship of the God of the Sun in Armavir, and the innovations of the Hellenistic world
Owing to the change of course of the river to the south Yervand
moved his capital city to his newly founded city Yervandashat,
situated by the Akhuryan and Araks rivers confluence. But life still
went on in Armavir. The eloquence - evidence of which are the
beautiful examples of painted ceramics, metal agricultural implements
and weapons, fragments of stony dishes, and clay statues. The town
itself stretched till the rocky mountain ridge, situated west of
A king’s farmstead???? of Hellenistic times was founded here, the
dwelling houses of which were heated by fire-places, and in the
agricultural side of the buildings they had a special place for
pressing the vine, and other agricultural implements.
Life in the town little by little died away in the beginning of AD.
Armavir was already an abandoned fortress in king Arshak’s time (IV
AD). Life returned here in the middle of the century.
During Bagratid’s power a small settlement existed with its own
dwellings and agricultural halls, which functioned till the Mongols’
invasions, after which the hill was consigned to oblivion.