Dashtadem Fortress

It is believed to have been built in the 7th c. at the site of an Urartian fortress during the reign of the Kamsarakan family, who ruled Shirak district. Dashtadem is mentioned in connection with the first stage of the Arabic invasion of Armenia.




The complex consists of the outer walls, inner walls and the citadel palace, built over successive period of history. The size is truly impressive, the outer walls encompassing part of the village proper within their circular layout with ramparts on the corners.

The fortress dates from several periods, its existing outer walls are 19th c from Husain Quli Khan of Yerevan. The fortress is much older though, built on Bronze and Iron Age foundations easily detected in the main cyclopean walls. It was expanded during the Urartian period and during the reign of the Kamsarakans of Shirak and Zakarians. 10th c remains have survived inside the walls.

Over the arched gate are several large seal tiles set into the wall surface, with emblems of lions on the framed surface. 

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    How to reach From Yerevan follow M1 highway, drive to north west for 75.5km and you will reach the Dashtadem Fortress. The trip will take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

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