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Khor Virap, Ararat Province

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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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  • Great place, but don’t be sucked in by the stalls selling things! All the moonstone is fake! Don’t be fooled. Great view of mount ararat  more »
  • Interesting Monastery, a must do when in Yerevan, there are many companies offering daytours to Khor Virap. From there you can have awesome views of Mount Ararat! Make sure to check out the "dungeon.....  more »
  • Take the bus 467 at 2pm on south station (Sasuntsi David) for 250 and to get back you can hitchhike easily if you don't find the same bus to get back. I really like it. Unfortunately was cloudy so I couldn't see Ararat but even tough was worth it, the place is nice and historical. So you can go even if the weather is not that good.
  • Beautiful View of Mount Ararat and his little Brother! Visit this nice little monastery and see where Saint Gregor, who brought Christianity to Armenia was held captive for many years. It is 45 min drive fein Yerevan and at most a halve day trip but worth it!

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