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Amberd Fortress, Byurakan

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On a small mound over a confluence of two streams, Amberd Fortress stands as a witness to centuries of turbulent history. A major defensive point for Armenian rulers--standing 2,300 m (7,545 ft) above sea level--the fortress was built in Roman times and expanded on several occasions between 11th and 13th centuries. Archeological excavations discovered the site was previously occupied by a Stone Age settlement and a Bronze Age fortification. See the gates, thick walls, and imposing towers, and explore the remains of a church, chapel, and bathhouse--all of which support the theory that the edifice once served as a summer palace. Put Amberd Fortress into our Byurakan road trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Byurakan.
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  • Not far away from Yerevan, capital of Armenia. The fortress is located on the slopes of Aragats Mountain with a picturesque views on fortress itself, gorges, Amberd river and Ararat mountain. A must s...  more »
  • The fortress of Amberd is placed at the top about 2300 meters of altitude. The area has been fortified since the Iron Age and even the existing fortress is ancient, dating back to the seventh century. Although built in roughly square blocks of basalt and archaic architecture with its cylindrical towers is imposing and suggestive. Curious the presence of a bathroom (perhaps to warm up in winter in the mountains, seen the hypocaust?) and beautiful mountain landscape. A small church next door.
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  • A great hilltop fortress in armenia. Good for sunrise photography. Good for all season.
  • Fantastic place with gorgeous ruins high altitude medieval castle and a church. probably the best season to visit is June when the poppies and other flowers are blooming.
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