Khor Virap is one of the most important monasteries of Armenia. It is located at Ararat almost touching the border between Armenia and Turkey. It has great views to Mount Ararat.
Khor Virap is known not only for its scenery but for having been build on top of a pit where Saint Gregory the Illuminator (Grigor Lusavorich) was imprisoned for twelve years. It would have been possible to descend to the pit but we decided not to queue to go there (it was Sunday so there were many people who had come from Yerevan or from elsewhere to visit the monastery).
Next to the monastery, one can see ruins of ancient Artashat city. The modern Artashat is not far either but we did not visit there.
We came to Khor Virap by bus from Sisian. The bus left us at Pokr Vedi village by the M2 highway. It was a four kilometre walk from there to the monastery. We were offered a car ride when we were already quite close to the monastery but as we were taking photos we didn't take it. We walked also the way back.
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