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near Kerpikend, Ararat (አርሜኒያ)

Kaqavaberd fortress (more properly Geghi Berd) is a well preserved fortress of the 9th-13th c. It is attested in manuscripts as a family fiefdom of the Bagratunis, then the Pahlavunis, site of a defeat of the Arab chieftain Beshr by Gevorg Marzpetuni in 924, and where Prince Ivane Zakarian took refuge after his defeat by Jalal ad Din Mingburnu, the last Khwarezm-Shah, near Garni in 1224.
Besides walls and towers, there is a medieval church in the fortress. In the vicinity are or were five large dragon monuments (vishap), carved standing stones, with designs of bulls and birds.

The track is in Khosrov national reserve park. The starting point is а pavilion near abandoned settlement Kaladibi.

Details on Kaqavaberd - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakavaberd.

Alternative route to the starting point - http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/spatialArtifacts.do?event=setCurrentSpatialArtifact&id=1154339

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