Kachaghakaberd

Kachaghakaberd, one of the most beautiful fortresses of Artsakh, can be seen from the south-western slope of mountain Gevorgasar.

Kachaghakaberd, one of the most beautiful fortresses of Artsakh, can be seen from the south-western slope of mountain Gevorgasar. Far away, in front of the Church of St. Hakob, on top of the ridge, covered with thick forests, Kachaghakaberd is graciously situated. It was built in the 8th century. Its name in Armenian means “Magpie Fortress” (kachaghak (կաչաղակ), magpie, and berd (բերդ), fortress). According to Armenian historian Movses Kaghankatvatsi, princess Spram managed to shelter in the fortress during a bloody battle in the 9th century. Along with her daughter and other survivors, she reached the fortress and disappeared there forever.

It was very difficult to get to the fortress, hence its name. The invaders tried to climb the rocks near the fortress and failed each time. The only living things other than Armenians that managed to reach Kachaghakaberd were birds. That’s why the fortress was named “Magpie Fortress”. Despite its complex location, the builders of the impregnable fortress didn’t overlook the water problem. In the central part of the citadel two deep square pools are built, in which they gathered rain-water or water from the spring at the foot of the fortress.

From the distance, the fortress seems smaller than it is. Once you get there, you can see from the remnants how majestic it used to be.

The road to Kachaghakaberd is impassable for cars, but you can reach it walking or riding quite interesting and picturesque way. From the height of Kachaghakaberd, to the north, one can enjoy the magnificent view - the mountains peeks in a blue haze, silver glare of the river Tartar.

A mineral source, which the locals also call sour water, is springing near the village. Sour water is known for its refreshing properties. Villagers and also travelers stop here to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and healing water.

Credits: Alexey Yakovlev, Findarmenia