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Castles and Fortresses

There is hardly any traveler who chooses to visit a country having very few expectations because if you visit it then you have one thing on mind – to get most out of that country, and eventually out of your visit. Otherwise, why visit it? A journey to Armenia might be spiritual, cultural, entertaining; this is true, but Armenian’s not an A-grade student in all subjects. What does it mean? For a traveler who’s been to such countries as France and Spain and has seen their fortr...
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  • Akhtala Fortress
    The Fortress of Akhtala is located in the village of Akhtala, in Lori Province and was built in the tenth century by Gurgen (Kyurikeh) Bagratuni. It was erected on a large promontory. The deep and rocky canyons around the fortress used to serve as a natural barrier. The considerably accessible areas were protected by towers and gates. The only entrance to the fortress is from the north. The entrance was protected by a three-floor conical tower, which had a circular layout, and gates. The tower, which dates back to the 13th century, is built into the fortress walls.
  • Amberd Fortress Castle
    Currently in a ruined state Amberd Fortress Castle meaning a "fortress in the clouds" was one of primary military-defensive points of the Armenian Kingdom. The complex of Amberd Fortress Castle includes the defensive walls, the castle, bath and the church. The construction of the fortress lasted several centuries. It’s surrounded and protected by the gorge on three sides, and only the northern side remains unprotected. According to some sources, some of the parts of the castle were built in the seventh century. It used to serve as the summer residence for Armenian Kings and Princes.
  • Baghaberd
    Located in the Syunik province of Armenia, Baghaberd is one of the ancient Armenian fortresses, which was proclaimed inaccessible due to its location. The construction of the fortress is attributed to Prince Baghak. His name was mentioned in Armenian historian Stepanos (Stephen) Orbelyan’s “History of the Province of Syunik,” in which the historian who was also the Metropolitan bishop of Syunik Province wrote that Baghak from the family of Sisak inherited the region and constructed the fortress of Baghaberd, and the region came to be known as the “Land of Bagh.” The fortress had double walls out of which only several partially ruined towers and pyramids of 8 meters have been preserved.
  • Berdavan Fortress
    Galinjakar Fortress, better known as Berdavan Fortress, is located near Berdavan village in Tavush Province and is very close to the border with Azerbaijan. The walls of the fortress are almost entirely preserved. Clay plates and metallic axes were found by the serf wall, which means there once were shelters and storehouses. Though all the walls of the fortress were 1.2 meters wide, they varied in their height. The latter was conditioned by the relief. There was only one entry to the fortress and it was from the western side. The entry is 1 meters wide. The walls include decorative splinters. They probably date to an earlier period. One of those splinters features an equal-winged cross in a circle.
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