Defense Walls of Amberd Fortress

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 February 2018

Although the architecture of Amberd Fortress in what is present-day Armenia looks simple, its medieval walls were constructed from massive basalt tiles, which protected the fortress invasions and sieges. Some walls remain as thick as 4 m (13 ft). Amberd is famous for never having been conquered by the Arabs in their countless invasions of Armenia in the 7th and 8th centuries CE, but Amberd was conquered by the Seljuk Turks around 1075 CE and was largely destroyed by the Mongols in 1236 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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