Smbataberd fortress is located in the Vayots Dzor region, near the village of Artabuinka and is considered one of the largest medieval fortresses in the region. The exact date of its construction is unknown, but there is evidence that during the Avarayr battle between Armenians and Persians in the V century the fortress already existed.
From the defensive point of view, the fortress is ideally located: on all sides, it is surrounded by a deep gorge. In addition, the fortress is protected by powerful walls.
According to the legend, Smbataberd got its name in honor of one of the dukes of the Orbelyan dynasty. According to another version, it was named after Prince Smbat of Syunik in the X century.
In 2007, the fortress was restored, and now you can see the castle in its original form. The fortress had two entrances, the gates were built from basalt, the partition divided the fortress into the northern and southern parts.
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