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Khor Virap, Lusarat

Experience a remarkable view of Mount Ararat near the fenced border with Turkey at Khor Virap. The monastery serves as a pilgrimage site where Armenia's patron saint--Gregory the Illuminator--was imprisoned for 14 years by King Tiridates II. Inside the enclosed compound, explore the elaborate altar in the Church of the Holy Mother of God, as well as a 60 m (200 ft) deep pit-prison built underneath St. Gevorg Chapel. Expect to climb many stairs to reach the monastery, and bring your walking shoes. For Khor Virap and beyond, use our Ararat Province trip itinerary maker app to get the most from your Ararat Province vacation.
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  • A really interesting, crowded place. I went down. In bewilderment: how could you live there for 13 years!!!
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  • We approach and here is this austere complex, and full of existential calls that sink into the book of Genesis. Behind it looms majestic and light the Ararat, which is in the Turkish state, but that mountain is here and watch. The well in which Gregory the Illuminator was thrown for 13 years excites. It's worth looking at the images that i love are missing the scents...
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  • Impressive views of Mt Ararat from in front of this small monastery. Stop at the vineyards 1 km from it for some nice shots to capture the monastery and mountain. Go in the late afternoon to get the best photos and to avoid the hordes of visitors who descend on coach tours. A taxi from Yerevan is cheap and will wait for you.
  • Perhaps the most important and symbolic church complex in Armenia. Its only 45 km away from Armenia. Easily reachable. By taxi it costs around 8000-10000 drams. Located only a few hundred meters away from the Armenian-Turkish Border.
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