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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. For Amberd Fortress and beyond, use our Byurakan itinerary builder to get the most from your Byurakan vacation.
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TripAdvisor
  • This fortress is high in the mountains and it is incredibly atmospheric but as great as the castle and the neighbour church is, the drive to get there is magnificent from mountains valleys and small r...  more »
  • Fantastic site to visit. Very evocative if a little imagination applied. Wonderful views of the mountains and plenty for birdwatchers to see. Leave plenty of time on the drive up to stop and take in t...  more »
  • We went in April and weather was very nice. Not much snow near the fort. It requires small hike to reach to the top of fort. No washrooms or restaurants at this place.  more »
Google
  • 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