The statue of “Anahit Ditsu” kept in the British Museum will be exhibited in Yerevan

  • by Western Armenia, February 01, 2024 in Culture

Museum of the History of Armenia" due  to the agreement reached between SNOC and the British Museum, in September 2024, the statue of "Queen Anahit" kept in the British Museum will be exhibited for the first time in Yerevan, according to the tourism committee.

The worship of the goddess Anahit in the Armenian Highlands began from time immemorial and was closely related to the worship of motherhood.

The main temple of Anahit was located in Yeriza town of Ekeghyats province of Gartro Hayik. the temple was looted in B.C. In 34 AD, during the invasion of the Roman general Mark Antony. His soldiers broke the huge golden statue of Anahit and took it to Rome.

Rumors spread that the first soldier who attacked the statue of Anahit went blind, then went mad and died.

The relics kept in the British Museum were found at the end of the 19th century in Yerznka, by a peasant during farming. The relics of the statue were moved to England under some circumstances, and the copy is in the Museum of the History of Armenia.