Ruined Bathhouse and Vahramashen Church

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 February 2018
Ruined Bathhouse and Vahramashen Church

Near Amberd Fortress are the ruins of bathhouses, which were popular among Armenia's elite in the Middle Ages. This bath, which is located near Vahramashen Church, was likely built in the 10th-11th centuries CE. Like other baths in medieval Armenia, a “hypocaust” system was used to heat the bath, just as it was in ancient Rome and medieval Byzantium. Water came from the Arkashen River and melted snow. Archaeologists have discovered water tanks that were important for the upkeep of the baths as well as defense in times of peril within Amberd Fortress too.


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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. (2018, February 19). Ruined Bathhouse and Vahramashen Church. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/8160/

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Wiener, James B. "Ruined Bathhouse and Vahramashen Church." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 19 Feb 2018. Web. 14 Nov 2019.

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