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Khor Virap, Lusarat
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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. With our custom trip planner, Lusarat attractions like Khor Virap can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • magnificent views of Mount Ararat opens from the very place where in prison more than 13 years spent Grigoriy enlightener imprisoned in an underground Chamber. You can now and through vertical Laz with a ladder to get into this Chamber. ... nearby stands a magnificent temple. necessarily going to Armenia visit this site ...
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  • The main temple located above the underground prison where was imprisoned in St. Saint Gregory the Illuminator during 13 years before the adoption of Christianity by Armenians! If you don't understand the meaning of the phrase reread again and you will no doubt go here or not!
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  • A good place for great photos against the backdrop of the sacred mountain Ararat. Attend better in the morning, then when the weather is clear the mountain will be visible in its entirety, not hidden in the clouds. After lunch, evaporation from the land rise, and the top is hiding. The monastery also has an interesting history and is extremely impressive. There is a hill, from where obtained good shots on the background of the monastery and the mountains
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  • It is a pleasure to visit sites with such cultural significance and history. It is even possible to visit the dungeon that imprisoned Gregory the Illuminator when visiting. Leaving candles to burn for loved ones and prayers is also a very reflective ritual that helps one to consider the ramifications of the things that happen in a single life, and how those events can impact the foreseeable future. Beautiful vistas of Ararat are also humbling and remind us of the great history of the Armenian people. The nearby plain is also fertile, yielding delicious fresh produce that can be acquired from farmers along the roadside.
  • One of the best places on Earth! Literally, the name of the church means "Deep pit". There are two pits hiding inside. You can have the best view over Ararat in this pilgrimage sight. You must visit this place if you are travelling in this country!
  • I just returned from a trip to Khor Virap today (Sept 11, 2016) via local bus. I discovered the local transport accidentally. At a bus depot near the Yerevan Railway station (which can be reached by metro/subway), there is a mini bus with a sign Khor Virap. The bus depot is about 5 minutes walking distance from the railway station. Use the metro tunnel which will lead you to the bus depot. The fare is 400-500 AMD one way. Most taxi drivers ask for 5000 AMD one way. I took the 11 am bus. The return trip was at 1:20 pm. The bus driver has a sign in English that says the price of the journey and the pick up time at the monastery. Do be punctual because he was. I do not know if there are earlier buses leaving for the monastery but I suspect there are because a lot of locals go there. The bus journey was about half an hour. The journey wasn't unpleasant as long as the driver does not smoke. :-) Happy venturing. P/S: Please do not post any questions because I do not check my reviews or responses after posting.
  • a wonderful place with interesting history.the monastery stands on the place where St. Grigor Lusavorich was thrown to die in loneliness,where he survived 13 years.
  • breathtaking view with ararat in the background. sunset recommended