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Baghaberd Fortress

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The Baghaberd Fortress is located near the Andokavan village. The building is connected to Baghak, grandchild of Sisak, a prince of 1700 BC who according to legend is an ancestor of the Syunik progeny.

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​The Baghaberd Fortress is located near the Andokavan village. The building is connected to Baghak, grandchild of Sisak, a prince of 1700 BC who according to legend is an ancestor of the Syunik progeny. The impressive castle had double walls, of which some 8m-high towers and other ruins remain.  

In 1103, after the destruction of Kapan city, Baghaberd became the capital of the Syunik kingdom, and thousands of manuscripts were brought to the Fortress from different monasteries, including Tatev, to protect them from invaders. However, during the invasion by the Seljuk Turks in 1170, 10,000 books were either stolen from Baghaberd or destroyed by the Seljuks.​

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