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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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  • Ararat view class. The monastery itself was impressed by the abandoned. Somehow sad looks (
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  • Khor Virap certainly has huge cultural significance for people visiting the Armenian Gregorian Church. But the place is quiet, not really have something to look at. You can go down into the pit, where St. Grigor, there's probably more interesting. But I'm afraid. :) From the wall of the baptistery, splitter bar border.
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  • Attraction to visit is mandatory. Here the most beautiful views of Mount Ararat, which we can see on the cognac. Near the border with Turkey. Speaking for many, revelation is the fact that the mountain is located on the territory of Turkey and Armenia with Turkey strained relationship. But we're not about politics. And gorgeous! The main thing is that lucky with the weather!
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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