Tour duration 13-14 hour, distance 145 km.
Free WiFi in the car.
Khor-Virap, Noravank, Tatev Monastery ( Ropeway )
The Khor Virap (meaning “deep dungeon’’) 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. According to the historian Agatangeghos (Vth century A.D.). 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).
The Noravank Monastery situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank was founded in 1205 by Bishop Hovhannes, a former abbot of Vahanavank near the present-day city of Kapan in Syunik. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). Ruins of various city buildings and khachkars are found both inside and outside of the compound walls. Noravank was the residence of the Orbelian princes. The architect Siranes and the miniature painter and sculptor Momik worked here in the latter part of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century.
Tatev Monastery ( Ropeway )
One of the miracles of the Syunik region is the majestic monastery of Tatev, which rests at the end of a difficult winding road. It was built in the 9th century. It served many years as a fortress against the foreign invasion St. Gregory of Tatev a true defender of the Armenian Church is buried here. An earthquake ruined the monastery in 1932 and a major renovation has been going on for the past several years. One of the many interesting monuments in Tatev is a 25-foot tall pillar with a khachkar at the top. This structure is named Gavazan. Near Tatev there is a natural rock formation known as Devil’s Bridge and hot spring, providing curative mineral water.
Wings of Tatev is a 5 point 7-km cable car between Halidzor and the Tatev Monastery. The construction was finished on the 16th of October 2010. Garegin the Second took part in the first official voyage of the cable car over the Vorotan River Gorge. The cable car travels at a speed of 37 km. per hour and a one-way journey takes 10 minutes. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 m. above ground level. It has 2 cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers.
On October 23nd. , 2010 it was officially recorded in the Guinness World Records book. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway.
The group must not exceed 1 to 6 person.
Free WiFi in the car.
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