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.



This strategic point was important to a number of people, beginning from the original Paleolithic settlers who used the area’s obsidian fields and cliffs to create tools and weapons. Later periods saw the development of a Bronze Era settlement during a time when the land was still verdant, blessed with an abundant source of water.

Its most famous period began much later, in the 10th c, as the Bagratunis began their great period of control and established the fortress and nearby church. It was also a period of chaos, as Arab suzerainty gave way to incursions by tribes from Central Asia, including Kurdish Emirs known as the Shaddadids. The Shaddadids ruled the land and built part of the fortress at Dashtadem. 

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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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