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Amberd Fortress, Byurakan

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Castle Ruin
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. For Amberd Fortress and beyond, use our Byurakan itinerary builder to get the most from your Byurakan vacation.
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  • The scenery is certainly impressive, high on the slopes of Aragats, Armenia's highest mountain with its more than 4,000 meters. Interesting architecture consisting of cylindrical towers high and massive. The remains of a spa room that perhaps makes him a castle to stay rather than defense. Beautiful small church of Vahramashen of 1026, just a short walk away, offering spectacular views of Armenia and Ararat. Not to be missed!
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  • An old castle. Is great to see. Also there is a small restaurant near by. You can have a lunch or dinner in the mountains  more »
  • This 7th century fortress is located 2300 m ASL on the slopes of Mount Aragat on a site already known as a Stone Age settlement. The ruins comprise an area of 1500 square meters. Access is forbidden: ...  more »
  • Oh my god,It's so beautiful,I like Armenia very much, Awesome Country
  • Amberd or Anberd... - very good)
  • Amberd (Armenian: Ամբերդ) is a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn, Armenia.
  • Spectacular fortress and location.
  • A fascinating old fortress with curch surrounding with picturesque nature

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