After Armaghan, we drove to another historical spot, called
Smbataberd, (meaning Fortress of Smbat (the Prince of Syunik). There
isn't really much remaining from the fortress, except for the massive
foundations all along the mountain. I'll skip telling you how
impressive the view from up the top of the fortress was, because you
can see it by yourself :)
Best viewed on black.
Smbataberd is a fortress located upon the crest of a hill between the villages of Artabuynk and Yeghegis in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia.
t is likely that Smbataberd was founded during the 5th c., but was better established and heavily fortified during the 9th to 10th centuries.
The fortress received water from an underground clay pipe leading from
the monastery of Tsakhats Kar. Local legend tells that Smbataberd was
captured by the Seljuq Turks in a similar manner as the fortress of
Proshaberd, where a thirsty horse was used to sniff out the pipeline
so as to cut off the water supply to the fortress.
Because of dates relating to the destruction of the Tsakhats Kar and its later restoration in 1221, and the destruction of the village of Yeghegis toward the end of the 11th c., it would be assumed that the fortress also fell to invading forces during the 11th century. There is some evidence though that suggests the fortress was defended until the 13th c., which would mean that it may have possibly been captured by Mongol forces rather than those of the Seljuq Turks.}
Thanks for your visit and have a great day!