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Smbataberd is a fortress which was founded around the 5th century but was better established and heavily fortified during the 9th to 10th centuries. The fortress is on a ridge protected by the Artabuni and the Yeghegis Rivers and deep canyons. Nearby is the village of Yeghegis which dates back to the 11th century. Prince Smbat, who built the fortress, is buried in the village.

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