Khor-Virap, Areni Cave (winery), Noravank, Jermuk
Tour duration 9-10 hour, distance 380 km.
Free WiFi in the car.
Khor Virap Monastery
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).
Areni Cave (winery)
The cave of Areni known also with the name of the Bird’s cave, and it is in the southeast of Armenia in the Vayots Dzor region, in 12 km from the city of Yeghegnadzor. There was a cave consisting of three halls in calcareous rocky formations of the valley of the Arpa River. The entrance to a cave represents a narrow crevice in rocky limy formations of the left river bank Arpa. In 2010, it was announced that the earliest known shoe was found at the site. In January 2011, the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found.
Also in 2011, the discovery of a straw skirt dating to 3,900 years BCE was reported. In 2009, the oldest brain was discovered. Opposite to a cave the stone rock which closes the horizon. The absolute h of a cave is about 1080 meters above the sea level, rise to a cave from the highway on a steep slope makes 30 — 35 m. The area of a cave is according to different data from 400 to more than 600 m², several compartments or galleries depart from her in the parties. In a monument, the arches covered with a black raid from the above hang. In the cave, there are many corridors and passages which partially have been put still in the ancient time.
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.
Jermuk is a mountain spa town and the center of the urban community of Jermuk in Vayots Dzor Province at the south of Armenia, at a road distance of 53 km east of the provincial capital Yeghegnadzor. It was considered one of the popular destinations for medical tourism in the Soviet Union.
Jermuk is known for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests, and mineral water pools. The town is being redeveloped to become a modern center of tourism and health services. It is also being set up to become a major chess center, with numerous chess international tournaments scheduled in the town. As per the 2016 official estimate, Jermuk had a population of around 3,400. However, as of the 2011 census, the population of Jermuk was 5,572.
Free WiFi in the car.
The group must not exceed 1 to 6 person
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