Ancient Smbataberd Castle

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 21 November 2017

The ancient Smbataberd Castle (or "fortress") is located near the villages of Artabuynk and Yeghegis in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. It is guarded by a long stretch of walls, which are 2-3 m (7-9 ft) thick and 8-10 m (26-33 ft) high, and a series of round towers. While first mentioned during the 5th century CE in connection to war between Armenians and the Sasanian Persians. Its heyday occurred while it was under the control of the princes of Syunik in the 9-11th century CE.



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 its Communications Director.

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