Day Tour from Yerevan: Dashtadem Fortress, Gyumri Old Town, Black Fortress and Marmashen Monastery

Day Tour from Yerevan: Dashtadem Fortress, Gyumri Old Town, Black Fortress and Marmashen Monastery
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$23
Duration: 10 hours
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On this 10-hour tour you will visit Dashtadem medieval fortress of Aragatsotn province, that was built for protecting Ararat Valley from attacks.
You will also visit Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. It is one of the main cultural centers of the republic and the only Catholic church in Armenia has recently been built in Gyumri. Besides, there will be a chance to walk through the old streets of the town, visit black fortress and enjoy lunch in a popular fish-farm. Finally visit Monastery Marmashen that is unique due to the beautiful color of the stones and the architectural solutions that can also be found in Western European churches of late period.

Make your way to a central location in Yerevan for 10am departure—pickup may also be available from select hotels in the city center. 

Leave the city for northwestern Armenia, then make the first stop of the day in Dashtadem medieval fortress. The base of the fortress has been founded since Urartian times. The citadel was built by Kamsar princes, which carried large-scale construction works in the province. After the fall of the kingdom of Bagratids most of the territory of Armenia goes under the control of Seljuk sultans. In the end of 12th century the governer of the capital city Ani - Sultal ibn Mahmoud, built here pyramids with a semi-circular and polygonal plan, about which he left an arabic inscription. Zakaryan princes built walls with semi-circular towers around the fortress, as well as a single-nave domed church near the northern wall. In the beginning of 19th century Hussein Khan of Yerevan built enclosures with 8-angled towers and thick enough walls, thanks to which the fortress became the largest within the territory of Armenia.
 
After lunch in a fish restaurant (own expense), spend the afternoon exploring Gyumri, where some houses still remain after the devastating 1988 earthquake. Have a walk through the lanes of old town and climb the black fortress.

The next stop is Marmashen Monastery a huge complex on the banks of the Akhuryan River that was started in 986 and completed in 1029. Marmashen's main church is a domed hall, and the facade of the church is elaborated with triangular niches.

This tour concludes with return transfer to Yerevan, and drop-off at the original departure point.

On this 10-hour tour you will visit Dashtadem medieval fortress of Aragatsotn province, that was built for protecting Ararat Valley from attacks.
You will also visit Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia. It is one of the main cultural centers of the republic and the only Catholic church in Armenia has recently been built in Gyumri. Besides, there will be a chance to walk through the old streets of the town, visit black fortress and enjoy lunch in a popular fish-farm. Finally visit Monastery Marmashen that is unique due to the beautiful color of the stones and the architectural solutions that can also be found in Western European churches of late period.