Dashtadem, Aragatsotn

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The keep inside Dashtadem Fortress.
The keep inside Dashtadem Fortress.
Dashtadem  Դաշտադեմ is located in Armenia
Dashtadem  Դաշտադեմ
Coordinates: 40°20′40.126″N 43°51′32.676″E / 40.34447944°N 43.85907667°E / 40.34447944; 43.85907667Coordinates: 40°20′40.126″N 43°51′32.676″E / 40.34447944°N 43.85907667°E / 40.34447944; 43.85907667
Country Armenia
Marz (Province) Aragatsotn
 • Total 0.73 km2 (0.28 sq mi)
Elevation 1,458 m (4,783 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 613
 • Density 840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone GMT+4 (UTC+4)

Dashtadem (Armenian: Դաշտադեմ; formerly, Nerkin Talin (Note: The majority of residents in neighboring Talin still refer to Dashtadem as Nerkin Talin); Russified as Nizhniy Talin; both meaning "lower Talin") is a village located in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The village contains the large Dashtadem 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 has an Arabic dedicatory inscription of 1174, written in Kufic script attributing the structure to Sultan ibn Mahmud (Shahanshah), one of the Shaddadids. Past the village to the north just east of the road to Talin, and a few hundred meters before the electric substation (south), are the ruins of a large medieval caravanserai. Large sections of walls remain standing and the overall plan is still easily distinguished amongst the ruins. The remains of Stone Age obsidian workshops can be found on a hill to the west. In a cemetery south of Dashtadem, lies the restored 7th-century Kristapori Vank.[1] [2]


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  1. ^ Kiesling, Brady; Kojian, Raffi (2005). Rediscovering Armenia: Guide (2nd ed.). Yerevan: Matit Graphic Design Studio. pp. 49–50. ISBN 99941-0-121-8. 
  2. ^ Holding, Deirdre (2014). Armenia: with Nagorno Karabagh (Bradt Travel Guides) (4th ed.). Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-84162-555-3.