Amberd is a fortress complex with a church built on the slopes of Mount Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level.
The road leading up to it on Mount Aragats is virtually uninhabited and has gently sloping hills with the occasional shepherd and beekeeper. many wildflowers and great views.
Amberd is a tall fortress built on a rise in between two streams. The church, built in 1026 by the architect Vagram Pakhlavuni, is slightly down the hill from the fortress, nearer to where the two streams join.