It was built with the help of French engineers by Abbas Mirza in 1810. He appointed Ehsan Khan Kangarlu as commander of the fortress in 1827, during the Russo-Persian War of 1826-1828. During a siege by the Russians, Ehsan Khan secretly arranged for the gates of the fortress to be opened to the Russian commander General Paskevich on 22 July 1827.
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- Essence of Abbasabad
- (Azerbaijani) Azadliq. Naxçıvanın Araza gömülən «fransız» qalası
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