It is no coincidence that the monastery of Khor Virap ("Deep Dungeon") is considered the most sacred place in Armenia – after all, it was in the prison here that Gregory the Illuminator, who later baptized our country, languished for 14 years. It was here that by the power of faith, by the power of his prayer, he was able to resist death, and then gave Armenia a "new life" - this is how the adoption of Christianity as the state religion will be called after 301. Separately, it's worth noting that a beautiful view opens from Khor Virap: this is the closest point from the symbol of Armenia, the biblical Mount Ararat - only 7 km!.
When talented craftsmen live on such a beautiful land, it turns out such a miracle as the Tatev Monastery - an example of the harmony of nature and architecture, the manifestation of spirit and thought. Tatev, a monastery complex of the IX-XIII centuries, located on the steep cliffs of the Vorotan River Gorge, was once the largest center of philosophical and scientific thought in medieval Armenia. Not so long ago, the National Geographic magazine included the Tatev Monastery in the list of the 10 most picturesque tourist places in the world. A special pleasure is a flight to the monastery on the Wings of Tatev, the world's longest reversible cable car stretched over the gorge and hills at an altitude of 320 m: 12 minutes of contemplation of the dizzying landscapes of this part of Syunik.
The Karaunj megalithic complex is perhaps the most mysterious place in Armenia. It also has a second name – Zorats Karer ("stones of the host"). There are several hundred huge basalt stones standing like guards on 4 hectares of a high-altitude plateau in a certain order, some of which have round through holes in the upper part. Is it a settlement with a necropolis, the history of which begins with the XIX century BC? Or the world's oldest, 7000-year-old observatory? After all, some researchers insist that Karaunj is the elder brother of Stonehenge, and holes in the stones were made to observe the heavenly bodies. Perhaps you will be able to find the answer to this question by visiting a truly unique historical and cultural reserve? Who knows…
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