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.

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Introduction

Introduction

Legend

1. Artashat Fortress Walls

2. Arax (Yeraskh) River

3. Hill 2: Citadel

4. Hill 6: Worship Site, Khor Virap

5. Hill 1: Military Defense

6. Hills 5, 7-9: Workshops and Residences

7. Bridge

8. Public and Private Baths

Inset

1. Khor Virap fortress walls

2. St.  Astvatsatsin Church

3. Single Nave Basilica with Khor Virap (Pit)


Artashat / Khor Virap

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. It was here that King Artashes I, the founding monarch of the Artashesian Dynasty established his capital ca. 189-188 BC, reuniting Armenian lands and reforming the country's economy, culture and political-military systems in the process. It was here that the founder of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned in a deep pit filled with snakes and scorpions (“Khor Virap”) for thirteen years before beginning his ministry (with the king T'rdat III) to convert the kingdom to Christianity. 

Complex

The complex includes the ruins of Artashat city (citadel, temples, pit, workshops and residences, baths and water systems).


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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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