View of the Armenian Fortress Amberd

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 February 2018
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Before Amberd Fortress was constructed in the 7th century CE, Stone Age peoples, the Urartians, and even the Romans used and understood the location's strategic advantages, lying at the intersection of the Amberd River and the Arkashen River. In the 10th and 11th centuries CE, the noble Pahlavuni family made the fortress their chief residence during the warm summer season. The fortress was never conquered by the Arabs, but it was conquered by the Seljuk Turks who used it as a military base. Amberd was destroyed by the Mongols in 1236, but rebuilt partially in the latter half of the 13th century CE. It was finally abandoned in the 14th century CE. In this photo, we see the fortress and a ruined bathhouse.

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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 Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, February 19). View of the Armenian Fortress Amberd. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8150/view-of-the-armenian-fortress-amberd/

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Wiener, James Blake. "View of the Armenian Fortress Amberd." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 19, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8150/view-of-the-armenian-fortress-amberd/.

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Wiener, James Blake. "View of the Armenian Fortress Amberd." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Feb 2018. Web. 13 Jun 2021.