The fortress of Halidzor is along a hill overlooking the Voghji River to the north, near the village of Kapan, which is 1km southwest in the Syunik Province of Armenia. Halidzor Fortress is 1051m above sea level.Use our Kapan trip planner to visit Halidzor Fortress on your trip to Kapan, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Halidzor was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a nunnery. It later served as a fortress for the Melik Parsadanian family for a short time.
During the 18th century, the famous Armenian military commander and liberator David Bek and his chief lieutenant and successor Mkhitar Sparapet used the site as their main headquarters as well as an administrative center for Syunik in their fight against the forces of the Ottoman Empire and the Persians. Between 1723 and 1727, Bek along with 300 other soldiers, 13 bishops, and three priests defended the fortress in a seven-day siege from an invading army of 70,000 Ottoman Turks. The defensive nature of the location gave Bek's soldiers an advantage when fighting the enemy, but the siege left the defenders of the fortress weary with little food. Feeling that they were trapped and outnumbered he led a suicidal charge down the hill that terrified the invading army. The Turks hastily fled the area purportedly leaving 12,000 enemy soldiers dead on the field below.
David Bek later died at the fortress after coming down with an illness in 1728. Oral tradition tells that after his death, an elderly bishop from Tatev came and held a very large funeral service in his honor. Bek is reputedly buried in the cemetery just outside the fortress walls. The tombstone is said to have a single flower carved on its underside so that the enemy would not recognize that it is the leader's final resting place.
Halidzor Fortress Reviews
место отличное ... много истории , крепость восстанавливается . Символ непоколебимой воли и мужества. Армянские войска под командованием князя Давида Бека одержали блестящую победу над Османскими войс... more »The place is great ... a lot of history, the fortress is restored. A symbol of unwavering will and courage. Armenian troops under the command of Prince David Beck won a brilliant victory over the Ottoman troops. around the dense woods. and a modern city rages at the bottom.
Nell’area a ovest di Kapan, a pochi chilometri dall’abitato, raggiungibili a piedi o almeno in parte con un 4x4, ci sono alcuni siti interessanti. Uno è la fortezza di Halidzor di cui per la verità no... more »In the area west of Kapan, a few kilometers from the town, within walking distance or at least in part with a 4x4, there are some interesting sites. One is the fortress of Halidzor of which for the truth does not remain much apart from the chapel but it is still interesting to see for the story and because it is on the path although not easy to find.
Late middle age fortress with 2 christian temples in unique for Syunik province architecture. Great views, hard to reach.
Build a planTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Popular things to do in Kapan
Plans to Halidzor Fortress by other users
10 days in Syunik Province BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Syunik Province BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Iran, Georgia & Armenia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Kapan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in Armenia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Armenia BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium