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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 monastery has several advantageous views from a very popular advantage point before the final drive up to the parking area. With Mount Ararat in close vicinity, the views from the road and then.....  more »
  • This is where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned, so be sure you have info about the importance of the sight or a good guide. We were lucky enough to have a clear view of Ararat.  more »
  • Khor Virab was a beautiful monestry with view to Mt Ararat. Unfortunately it was very misty that day so we couldnt see that far. It was really interesting to go to the pit where St. Gregory was kept in prison
  • Really nice place. Besides the views of Ararat Mountain, there is a great eco-route, divided into three regions, each with different species of animals and plants. I also recommend going there early in the morning when it's a) not hot and b) really quiet there.
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