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Shoushi Fortress

Upon entering the city of Shoushi, one of the first sights You will see, is the medieval fortress that was erected by the meliks (princes) of Varanda in the XVIII century and then by the invited leaders of nomadic Turkic tribes.When Artsakh became part of the Russian Empire the fortress was reinforced by Russian military engineers, on the eve of the heroic defense of Shoushi in the Russian-Persian war of 1826.

The fortifications in the length of 2.5 km starting from a high rocky massif hanging over the precipice in the south-west side of the plateau, down the steep slopes of the gorge, and to the east where again fused with the cliffs. Impregnable walls and towers 7-8 meters high, erected from the local rock as if growing out of rocks and very beautifully merge with them. One of the four fortress gates — Yelizavetpol Gate — the only of the four gates have survived almost intact till our days..

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