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The Khor Virap is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the border between Turkey and Armenian on the hill near the village of Pokr Vedi. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 12 years (during which a local Christian woman brought him bread to keep him alive) by King Tiridates III of Armenia - An event, which had led to converse the country to Christianity.

Khor Virap:

This is most popular destination in this country. You can visit the underground chamber, which he was imprisoned in; this is located in St. Gevorg Chapel apart from the main church. There are two unmarked holes which can be climbed down. One smaller chamber is there with the door which has some stairs and then a twist and a ladder leading to the small room. In the main room another hole is there, to the right of the altar, with a long ladder leading down into the larger cistern where Grigor Lusavorich was imprisoned. It is actually impressive in size for an underground prison cell, and due to candles and a lack of air circulation was very stuffy, much like the other smaller chamber.

The large St. Astvatsatsin church at Khor Virap was built in the 17th century. Khor Virap is an important pilgrimage site and people often visit for a baptism or after a wedding to perform a matagh (sacrifice, often of sheep or chicken), which keeps the priests busy on weekends, snack stands, and doves being sold for release.

About Ararat plain:

This is the most popular mountain in the world. The holy Mount Ararat is located in the Turkey now. Since it is in the western part of Armenia, Armenians consider Ararat the symbol of their state. It consists of two cones with a common base called as big Ararat and little Ararat. Armenians lovingly call these tops “two brothers” - Sis and Masis.

Khor Virap Celebration:

  • The anniversary of the deliverance of Gregory is also celebrated in the Illuminator's cathedral built in Erivan.
  • On New Year's Day, light is brought from Khor Virap as a religious celebration.
  • In a recent event, Catholicos Garegin II climbed down the same deep prison pit where the first Catholicos Grigor had passed many agonizing years, and came out of the pit by holding a lighted candle as symbol of the light that illuminated Armenians several centuries ago.

Best Time To Visit:

 Anytime, but in the summer it can be very hot here so in summer it is best to go there in the morning. The gates are locked at night time as early as 5:30pm.

Accommodation:

 Here we furnish the most popular hotels near Khor Virap Monastery:

  • Artsakh Hotel
  • Ararat Hotel
  • Kantar Hotel
  • Europe Hotel
  • Hyatt Place Yerevan
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Yerevan City Centre
  • Minotel Barsam Suites
  • Minotel Barsam Suites
  • Best Western Congress Hotel
  • Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel

Khor Virap

How To Reach Khor Virap:

There are two marshrutkas a day to Khor Virap from Yerevan (11am and 3.30pm), and three buses per day (9am, 2pm and 5pm), all from the Sasuntsi Davit metro station. The main highway is 4km away, with lots of public transport to and from Ararat and towns further south. You can also get there easily from other cities as well, since the spot is really popular among the travelers.

Airports Near To Khor Virap:

There are two airports in Yerevan, capital of Armenian.

  1. Zvartnots International Airport
  2. Erebuni Airport

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