Metsamor is an ancient fortress in Ararat Valley, next to Taronik village. From all the sides it is surrounded by water. Ancient excavations prove, that from fourth century BC to late Middle Ages is was a developed place of habitation. Excavated materials concern the Ages of Bronze and Iron. It was one of the greatest centers of art of that period. The fortress was protected by huge walls and inside it there were smelting houses and workshops which shows that different crafts and trading were highly developed. The excavation results showed that around Metsamor fortress there were stone mausoleums in the center of which was buried their leader with a lot of objects made of gold, silver, bronze etc. In the 8th century BC it was burnt but for a short time the fortress was reconstructed.
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