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.

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Fortress

Fortress

The arched gateway leads past the outer defenses, dated to the 19th c, their round towers slapped onto earlier 10th-12th cc walls, themselves built upon traces of cyclopean fortifications. The thick walls are made from medium to small rough tufa stones laid with lime in an almost haphazard way, though taken as a while the edifice is almost huge.

Inside the walls you can detect the foundations for the citadel, sleeping and eating quarters and other service buildings. The water works were impressive, underground cisterns were fed by running water piped in from the outside.


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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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