Tour duration 7-8 hour, distance 180 km.
Free WiFi in the car.
First place Khor-Virap.
The Khor Virap is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia. Near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province. Within the territory of ancient Artaxata. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Khor Virap is connected with the name of Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the illuminator), who bore his tortures here. Here is a deep pit with the ladder of 25 stairs leading people to his depth. The monastery complex includes the St. Grigor (642) and the St.Astvatsatsin churches (end of the XVII century).
Second place Garni temple of the sun.
The complex includes several buildings, most famous of which are the 1st c. BC to Mythras (Helios), the VII-IX c.circular church, the palace with a throne room and a columned hall and the Roman bath-house. In the epoch of the Armenian rules of the Ervandids, Artashesids and Arshakids dynasties Garni was a summer residence of the kings and the place where their troops were stationed. 35 kilometers to the south of Yerevan is the Temple of Garni. The river Azat flows near it. The temple dates back to the 1st century AD. It was built by Trdat First and was dedicated to the God of sun Mihr. It is a pagan temple built in Hellenistic style. It is a rectangular construction surrounded by 24 columns. The temple was destroyed during the earthquake of 1679. Now it has been reconstructed.
Third place is Geghard Monastery built inside of the rock.
Lying 5 kilometers to the east of Garni in a deep canyon is the Geghard Monastery. It is a remarkable sample of the medieval Armenian architecture. The monastery was carved in the rocks. Geghard means “The group must not exceed 2 or 5 people.”, or the true spear that pierced Christ’s side when he lay on the cross. And the monastery is one of only four places in the world claiming to have inherited the True Spear. The Word heritage site is impossible to describe- it should be seen.
The group must not exceed 1 to 6 person
Free WiFi in the car.
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