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Lekh Castle

Lekh Castle, sometimes also referred to as Lev Castle, was constructed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It is one of the most majestic monuments among the Kalbajar district’s highland ones. It was founded in the Ganlikend village of the Kalbajar district on a high forest mountain’s ridge 600 meters from the Lekh River’s right bank.

Surrounded by steep rock and streams from three slides, the Castle has an oblong and complicated plan matching the highland relief. The castle can only be entered through the single entrance at the castle’s north-eastern edge if one climbs up by an exclusive narrow path from the north-west. The castle’s internal length is nearly 90 meters, and the width is between 35 and 40 meters. Its internal castle is located at the high south-western corner. The castle walls were strengthened with several semi-circular towers. The single gate is between two round towers. The average thickness of the castle walls is 1.3 meters. There are ruins, in-rock water basins, and food warehouses, etc. There were sentinel derricks and a system of small satellite castles in mountains around Lekh Castle. One of those mountains has kept the function-meeting name of the castle which is on its top, Garavul (Guard). From there, another castle, Jomard, is observed.

  1. “Kalbajar Region”, Armenian Vandalism: Azerbaijani Monuments in Captive. https://www.armenianvandalism.az/en_kalbajar.html.
  2. “Lekh Castle”, Ministry of Cultura of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 04 November 2020. http://mct.gov.az/en/common-news/13302.

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