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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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  • Amazing Historical Saint Place! Must visit! just 40k from Yerevan! The place of power! with amazing view on Ararat Mountain  more »
  • The church is not something to remember. At least not for us. Free entry and a short 20 minutes tour. There are stairs to climb, so take it in consideration when you plan going there. The one big thin...  more »
  • 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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