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The best preserved Urartian site is this palace built for Sarduri II (764–735BC). The walls of the castle can be seen, and archaeological work, started in 2014 after a 30-year gap, revealed 120 large underground storage vessels with a capacity for around 36 tons of wine, cereals and sesame oil, as well as the sinks in which the wine was made. It had a pioneering sewage system, and the Temple of Khaldi, one of the three main Urartu deities, is being slowly restored.
For more photos and information, see Cornucopia 54.
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