YEREVAN, October 8. / ARKA /. The downtown Yerevan will be closed for traffic next Sunday, when the city will be celebrating the 2,794 anniversary of its foundation, Aram Sukiasian, an advisor to Yerevan mayor, said today. According to him, the movement of vehicles in the center of the capital will be suspended at 8:30 AM. The subway will be working until 1 am of October 15 (usually the system runs until 23.00).
Erebuni-Yerevan, an annual celebration of the city’s foundation was first marked in 1968, when the Armenian capital turned 2,750. Until 1988 it was celebrated every year, but after the country's independence, this tradition was resumed only in 1998.
Yerevan (Erebuni) was founded in 782 BC, 29 years before the founding of Rome, by the king of Urartu Argishti in the south-east of the Armenian Highland. A stone plate with cuneiform, which bears the date of the founding of the city is in Erebuni museum. -0-