The keep inside the Dashtadem fortress
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Dashtadem (Armenian: Դաշտադեմ; formerly, Nerkin Talin; Russified as Nizhniy Talin; both meaning "lower Talin") is a town in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The town contains a large fortress dating to the 10th century but substantially rebuilt in the 19th century along with a chapel dedicated to Saint Sargis also dating to the 10th century. The fortress keep contains a dedicatory Arabic inscription in Kufic letters attributing the structure to Sultan ibn Mahmud (Shahanshah), one of the Shaddadids, and dated to 1174. The town also contains also ruins of a medieval caravanserai, and stone age obsidian workshops. Nearby, lies the restored 7th century Kristapori Vank.
- Dashtadem, Aragatsotn at GEOnet Names Server (as Nerkin Talin)
- Report of the results of the 2001 Armenian Census, National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia
- Kiesling, Rediscoving Armenia, pp. 19–20, available online at the US embassy to Armenia's website
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