Bjni Fortress (9-10th c.)

Location: Bjni Village, Kotayk Province

Distance from Yerevan:

Establishment: 9-10th centuries

Bjni Fortress is a medieval fortress located in the village of Bjni in Kotayk Province. The fortress of Bjni was founded in the 9-10th centuries by the royal Pahlavuni family to defend the province of Nig and Bjni village in particular. Besides strong fortification and pyramid-shaped walls, it is protected by nature itself being surrounded by cliffs. It used to house other buildings which ruins are still preserved inside the fortress. The stone foundation of a church of the 5th century can be found near the fortress.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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