Armenia's Smbataberd Castle

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James Blake Wiener
published on 21 November 2017

Armenia's Smbataberd Castle (or "fortress") is located in southeastern Armenia near the villages of Artabuynk and Yeghegis in the Vayots Dzor Province. It was built in a desirable position, guarded by three cliffs, high in the mountains. Although it was initially constructed in the 5th century CE, it was highly fortified in 9-11th centuries CE when it belonged to the princes of Syunik. It was refortified again in the 13th century CE when the Orbelian princes fought against the Seljuk Turks. This picture shows one of the exterior fortification walls still in existence.

About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2017, November 21). Armenia's Smbataberd Castle. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "Armenia's Smbataberd Castle." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 21, 2017.

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Wiener, James B. "Armenia's Smbataberd Castle." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 21 Nov 2017. Web. 25 Apr 2019.

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