Halidzor | Silk Road Armenia

Halidzor

Built in the first half of the 17th century, the fortress of Halidzor is located in Syunik Province: on a hill overlooking the Voghji river. The name of the fortress derived from the Hale and Halis settlements, yet it’s also known as the David Bek’s fortress due to his large influence on the history of the fortress.

Originally the structure was constructed as a convent, yet later it served as a fortress for the noble family of Melik Parsadanian. Later, in 18th century well known Armenian military commander David Bek and Mkhitar Sparapet used the fortress as their main headquarters in Syunik in their fight against the Ottoman Empire and the Persians.

David Bek met his end within the walls of the fortress, it’s said that he was buried somewhere near the walls of the fortress. According to that story his tombstone has a single flower carving on its underside. This was done in order for the enemies to be unable to find his tomb as a step to protect his resting body.

​The walls of the fortress take a quadrangle shape and contain a church and a chapel inside. The remains of the fortress include a terrace from the north to the east and a tower on the southwestern corner of the wall. The fortress has undergone restoration and reconstruction for over 4 years.