Ancient Smbataberd Fortress

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James Blake Wiener
published on 21 November 2017

The ancient Smbataberd Fortress (or "castle") dates from the 5th century CE and lies in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Well preserved, the ruins of citadels, barracks, water pools, and former dwellings for soldiers remain at Smbataberd Fortress. It was finally abandoned in the 17th century CE due to warfare between the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Persia.

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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 World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2017, November 21). Ancient Smbataberd Fortress. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James Blake. "Ancient Smbataberd Fortress." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 21, 2017.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Ancient Smbataberd Fortress." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 21 Nov 2017. Web. 05 Feb 2023.