Khor Virap – a Historic Monastery in the Ararat Plain, Armenia

The Khor Virap, Armenia. A historic monastery is situated in the unbelievable surroundings in the Ararat plain. Armenia was the first Christian nation in the world, while the first chapel here was built in the 7th century. Later it grew into an entire complex. Due to Mount Ararat, which is the symbol of this region, the monastery has been also a pilgrimage site for centuries.

This is the most popular tourist destination in the country. It features a jail cell, where Grigor Luisavorich was imprisoned – an event, which had led to converse the country to Christianity. The St. Astvatsatsin church attracts couples, who get married here on weekends. The place also provides great shots for the photographers – just look at this postcard-beautiful scene!

Why to go there?

The most famous attraction in Armenia. Historically and culturally significant place, embedded in the stunning surroundings, where Mount Ararat unfolds in all of its glory.

When to go there?

Anytime, although in summer it is best to go there in the morning, since it gets extremely hot during the day. On weekends various performances and events take place, also more kiosks are open, where one can purchase souvenirs.

How to get there?

Get there by bus from Yerevan – the monastery is only 44 km (28 mi) from the capital. You can also get there easily from other cities as well, since the spot is really popular among the travelers.

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