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Monuments of Azerbaijan

  • Posted: 18/07/2023

Ktish Castle - Republic of Azerbaijan An ancient castle located in Khojavand region. The castle is located on the top of a steep mountain. The exact date of construction of this magnificent castle, whose ruins have survived to our time, is not known. However, the name of the fortress begins to be mentioned in the sources after Azerbaijan was conquered by the Arabs.

The castle was the residence of the Albanian prince Yesai Abu Musa during the hegemony of the Arabs in Azerbaijan. Abu Musa is mentioned in the sources as the judge of Beylagan, and Kalankatli writes that he is a descendant of Caucasian Albanians. After the fall of Bezz, Babek found refuge in the Sheki fortress in Zangezur, the owner of which was Sahl ibn Sunbat, and his brother Abdullah found refuge in the Ktish fortress.

The castle is located in a very convenient strategic position. So, the four sides of the castle are surrounded by steep cliffs. It is possible to go to the castle only by a very small path. Arab chronicler Masudi described Ktish fortress in his work as follows:

"Ktish fortress was really an inaccessible fortress. Its top was covered in clouds, the hard and steep slopes of the mountain were covered with forest. There was a narrow path that was difficult to pass to the castle."

However, this small path was not the only way to the castle. So, apart from this path, an underground road was also dug in the rocks on the northern side of the castle. This is also observed in other contemporary fortresses of Karabakh. Thus, during the researches, underground secret ways were found in Lachingaya Castle, Löh Castle and Galaboynu Castle located in Karabakh.

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