Amberd castle.

The highest mountain in Armenia is Aragat (not Ararat that is in Turkey). On the south slope of Aragat at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level is the castle Amberd. To me it is a mystery why they built a castle at that location, there is nothing to defend up there, the closest small village are many kilometers away. But there it is more than 1000 years old. It was destroyed by the mongols in 1236 and was left alone for 700 years. It is a large building and must have been hard to conquer.


In the eleventh century a church was naturally built nearby out on the edge to the valley.

Wild leeks grew in the area and many local people were picking them for their cooking. I never thought about leeks as a wild plant. Of course all vegetables originally were wild plants.


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