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      Kachaghakaberd (translated from Armenian as magpie’s fortress) is a mountain-top fortress in the Martakert Province, Artsakh. The fortress was an important fortification of the medieval Armenian Principality of Khachen. It is located at a height of more than 1700 meters, surrounded by vertical limestone cliffs with the heights of 50–60 meters, has a hard-to-reach entrance from the southern side of the fortress. During its history no one could ever storm the fortress. Parts of the defensive walls remain standing. The territory of the fortress occupies a large area, though it seems small. Many rooms, secret passages cut into the cliffs, and special “loopholes” for throwing stones at enemies are inside its territory. The water supply problem was solved by a unique method: two rock-cut reservoirs to store rain and melt-water are in the center of the fortress. Fresh water was brought from a spring at the foot of the mountain.

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      How to get Kachaghakaberd Fortress from Yerevan

      The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Kachaghakaberd Fortress by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Kachaghakaberd Fortress the trip will not seem long.

      Weather in Artsakh

      The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Kachaghakaberd Fortress depends on the weather conditions.

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