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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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  • My friend and I went to the khor virap by using a taxi. We manage to bargain and get the whole taxi for about 8000dram for 4 people. From yerevan, it took a bout 30 minutes to the destination. When we...  more »
  • The religious, cultural, and political significance of the Khor Virap makes it a must see gem of Armenia. The views of Ararat on good days are breathtaking. The border with Turkey is a stone's throw a...  more »
  • The monastery represents an incredible story how Christianity begins in Armenia. The ancient church is dark and cool, as you would expect, so you can easily imagine how first christians lived here. Yo...  more »
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  • Ancient monastery with great views of Mount Ararat. Make sure to climb down in to the pit where St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned.
  • This is coolest Monastery I visited in Armenia. Love the backdrop.
  • Wondrous place. Make sure to check in, especially try to visit when Ararat is clearly visible.
  • Christian Apostolic church were in deep 13 year live Illuminating Grigor lusavorich
  • 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.