Shengavit Settlement

Shengavit Settlement, Yerevan

Shengavit Settlement
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Mysterious Sites
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Prague91 contributions
Must to see for acheology lovers
Jun 2018 • Solo
Shengavit is located in Yerevan, close to the lake. Small museum contains well-arranged collection of objects excavated at this mostly Broze Age archeological site. If you are interested in history and plan to follow more archeological sites in Armenia, it is worth a visit, especially because the whole part of Kura Araxes culture in Armenia is named after this location.
Written July 13, 2018
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Armen M
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For history lovers, a visit here is a must.
May 2015 • Couples
Shengavit, conveniently located within Yerevan, adjacent to Yerevan Lake, is historically significant, as it represents Yerevan's deep history of habitation. Here, you'll find Bronze Age houses (the stone footings of the houses) and structures. Unfortunately, the museum is in a poor state of repair, but the staff is courteous and knowledgeable. The admission fee is 1000 dram. The hospital that's adjacent is actually built on Shengavit's grounds, and unfortunately, destroyed part of the settlement.
Written November 1, 2015
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Almaty, Kazakhstan1,793 contributions
5000 Year Old Ruins with Excellent Museum and Good Guide. Very Close to Yerevan. Recommended!
Jun 2015 • Friends
We had a fantastic visit to Shengavit Settlement in early-June 2015. I had found out about this place only by seeing it on an old city map and wasn't sure what to expect. There is mixed information online about the state of preservation of the settlement and whether or not there is a museum. I can tell you that the ruins are in rather good state of preservation and there is indeed a museum!

We arrived at 10:30am on a Saturday and found the main entrance which had a door bell on it. We rang the door bell and were greeted by a lovely old man who we learned was the groundskeeper. He was so excited to see us! The woman who ran the establishment hadn't arrived yet and the groundskeeper did everything he could to make us comfortable while we waited for her arrival -- he took out chairs and even a small table in case we decided we wanted something to eat! The woman arrived about 15 minutes later and through a bit of effort we found out they had an English speaking guide on call and if we waited another 15 minutes the guide would arrive. The guide arrived around 11:00 and we finally could view the ruins and museum. The museum was very modern, well set up, tidy, and housed some excellent artifacts.

I thought the ruins were quite interesting as they date back as old as 3200 BC. These ruins are quite different than many others we've seen in the region because they had a number of round rooms -- similar to Kivas of Native Americans. The guide walked with us through the ruins and told us the story of how the site first excavated in the 1930s and has been excavated a number of additional times as recent as 2012. I guess my only complaint is that I wish they would cut down the grass in the ruins site so you can see it a bit better. There is a great view from the site of Yerevan Lake. The guide spoke very good English, although did struggle a few times to find the right words. She was very knowledgeable on the site and very enthusiastic!

It's strange this place isn't more well-documented online or in guide books because it really is a splendid location with charming staff and unique sights. And it's only about a 10 minute taxi ride from the center of Yerevan!

You'll find access to the small parking lot located behind the hospital by following the hospital signs. Then the site is very well-marked with large signs reading "Shengavit". The sign says the site is open from 10:30-4:30 Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday). Entrance fee is 1000 AMD for adults, or 300 AMD for kids, students, and seniors. A guided tour is 2000 AMD in Armenian or 2500 AMD in a foreign language (total, not per person). Entrance is free for museum workers, official delegations, students studying cultural heritage, international NGOs, military personnel, and preschool children.
Written June 10, 2015
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