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Kakavaberd is one of the few Armenian fortresses that are still relatively well-preserved, making it a great travel destination.

45.7 km

The fortress is a great travel destination because it is one of the few Armenian fortresses that are still relatively well-preserved. Kaqavaberd, also known as Geghi Berd, is a fortress located upon a ridge overlooking the Azat River gorge at Khosrov State Reserve, with fortified walls 2.5 metres wide and up to 10 metres high. It is inaccessible from three of its sides because of the steep terrain. Towers at the north-eastern side are 8 to 10 meters tall. Within the fortress, one can find the ruins of a church and other structures. The fortress was first mentioned by Hovhannes Draskhanakerttsi (John V the Historian) in the 9th-10th centuries as being controlled by an Armenian noble Bagratuni family. He wrote that in 924, after losing a battle at the island of Sevan, the Arab commander and Chief Beshir went on to attack the fortress of Kakavaberd. He was later beaten by Armenian military leader Gevorg Marzpetuni.

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