Vem Radio presents the radio version of the book "Capital Cities of Armenia" by Sergey Vardanyan. In a series of broadcasts, on the basis of studies by Armenian and foreign historians, scientists, and archaeologists, as well as on testimonies of travel authors, the history of the capitals of Armenia is outlined.
The city of Van was founded in the first half of the IX century BCE. In that ancient period, its name was Tushpa. The Armenians called this city Van after the name of the central region of the state of Urartu, the Biayna or Biainili land. The name Van is considered to be an Armenian transcription of Biayna and means "place of residence," "settlement."