King of Armenia
(977–990), son of Ashot III
and ruled in Ani
. He fortified the city and began the construction of the cathedral of Ani. Smbat II was put on throne from Smbat III
, and continued his father’s work. He ordered the construction of a wall around the city of Ani
and built towers and fortifications, sheltering the city from north to west. During his time also Armenia experienced a period of peace and tranquility, and only the conflict between Smbat II and his uncle Moushegh in Kars disturbed the peace. Another bone of contention arose, however, between the king and the Armenian Church
when the king married his niece, which the church opposed strongly.
King Smbat II died in 989, at a time when the famous Armenian architect Trdat, by order of the king, had started laying the foundation of the cathedral of Ani. This building is still standing today, and with its unique style and simple decorations it is regarded as one of the Armenian masterpieces of architecture. Smbat II was succeeded by his brother Gagik I (Khachik).
- F. Macler, Armenia, The Kingdom of the Bagratides, The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. IV, p. 162