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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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  • The Virap Choir is an important part of Armenia's history and culture. It was here that Grigory the Enlightener was kept in captivity, it was here that Armenia adopted Christianity (the first in the world!), and it is from here that the best view of Mount Ararat opens. The monastery is definitely worth a visit. It makes sense to go down to the "stone bags"-zindanes, but I do not recommend trying to do it claustrophobic, people with a noticeable excess weight or some significant ailments - the stairs are sheer, and the climb is very narrow.
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  • It's a nice, beautiful place. Earlier, Grigory the Enlightener of Armenia was imprisoned at this place. Now there is an Armenian monastery. The main thing is to choose the weather to see Arar. We didn't see him because it was all over the clouds.
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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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