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Khor Virap

Khor Virap with Mount Ararat in background
Religion
Affiliation
Armenian Apostolic Church
Rite
Armenian
Ecclesiastical or organizational status
Good
Status
functional
Location
Location
near Lusarat, Ararat Province, Armenia
State
Armenia
Geographic coordinates
39. °N 44. °E
Coordinates: 39. °N 44. °E
Architecture
Architect(s)
Original chapel by Nerses III the Builder
Style
Armenian
Groundbreaking
642 (original chapel), 1662 (current church)
Completed
17th century
The Khor Virap (Armenian: Խոր Վիրապ, meaning "deep dungeon"[1]) is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province, within the territory of ancient Artaxata.[2][3] The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos.[4]
Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for about 14 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation.[2][5][6] A chapel was initially built in 642 at the site of Khor Virap by Nerses III the Builder as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the ruins of the old chapel, the monastery, the refectory and the cells of the monks. Now, regular church services are held in this church. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Armenia.[6]

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Noravank

Surb Astvatsatsin and Surb Karapet Churches with Surb Grigor's Chapel to the right, Noravank
Religion
Affiliation
Armenian Apostolic Church
Location
Location
Amaghu Valley, Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia
Geographic coordinates
39. °N 45. °E
Coordinates: 39. °N 45. °E
Architecture
Style
Armenian
Groundbreaking
1205
Noravank (Armenian: Նորավանք, literally "new monastery") is a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) church, which grants access to the second floor by way of a narrow stone-made staircase jutting out from the face of building, one of the earliest examples of cantilever architecture.
The monastery is sometimes called Noravank at Amaghu, with Amaghu being the name of a small and nowadays abandoned village above the canyon, in order to distinguish it from Bgheno-Noravank, near Goris. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently, a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia closely connected with many of the local seats of learning, especially with Gladzor's famed university and library.

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Car model and year: Mercedes Benz Viano 2009
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Air conditioning: Yes
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