Khor Virap Monastery

Khor Virap stands on the left bank of the Arax River, in Ararat Valley, in the shadow of Mt. Ararat (5165 m. and 3925m.). It is located at the site of a pagan temple to goddess Anahit, on hill 6 of the upper city of Artashat.


The Complex

The Complex

Though venerated from the time of Gregory the Illuminator’s death (ca. 334) and mentioned as a pilgrimage site in early medieval (5th-6th centuries) chronicles, the current monastery is traced to the 7th century. The structure, protected by fortress walls, sits on hill 6 of historic Artashat city. The complex includes central church of St. Astvatsatsin (late 17th c.) and smaller St. Gevorg (7th c.), the earliest structure at Khor Virap built over the pit where Gregory the Illuminator had languished. Another church may have been at the site before then, judging from the older blocks of stone used to construct the main church and the fortress walls.


1. Fortress Walls

2. Courtyard

3. St. Astvatsatsin Church (Temple to Anahit)

4. St. Gevorg Basilica (Khor Virap)


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    How to reach From Yerevan drive 44 km to south. The trip will approximately take 40 minutes.

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