The digital reconstruction of the legendary Armenian Temple of Haldi in Musarir
The digital reconstruction of the legendary Temple of Haldi in Musarir (Ardini), the supreme god of the Urartian pantheon of the Armenian Kingdom of Van or Urartu has spread light on the advanced architecture of the time. The ruins of Musasir (Ardini) were found on modern-day Rabat Tepe hill, near the town of Sardasht in West Azarbaijan province of Iran.
The temple existed 2,500 years ago during the Iron Age when Assyrians and Scythians were trying to take control of the Armenian kingdom.
The temple was built in the holy city of Ararat in 825 BCE, but when the Assyrians defeated the Urartians, it was destroyed. The life-sized human sculptures of the god Haldi and the statues 2.3 meters tall made of limestone, basalt, and sandstone, a bronze figure of the goat (3.3 inches long and 3.2 inches tall) were excavated on the site.