The first stop is Khor Virap. This monastery is located on a hill, from where a magnificent view of the biblical mountain Ararat opens. In the old days the historic city of Artashat was here, one of the ancient capitals of Armenia. Khor Virap is one of the shrines of the Armenian Apostolic Church and a place of pilgrimage.
Instead of the present fortress – the monastery, there was a royal prison here. “Virap” in Armenian means “pit”. There were poisonous snakes and insects in the deep pit, where prisoners were thrown. According to the annals of the famous Armenian historian Agatangeghos, Grigor Lusavorich, the founder of the adoption of Christianity in Armenia (301), was tormented there.
According to the church legend, Grigor was imprisoned on the orders of King Trdat III, who was convicted of professing Christianity. Gregory spent 13 years in prison.
The next point of interest is the Noravank Monastery. In translation from Armenian “Noravank” means “new monastery”. It was built in the 13th century among the beautiful red rocks. The monastery of Noravank is known for its two-story church St. Astvatsatsin. Narrow stone steps on the facade of the church lead to the second floor of the church. Medieval Armenian architects and sculptors showed all their skill and talent in decorating the walls of the church of St. Astvatsatsin. Being high above the gorge where the monastery is located, you will feel in heaven, as if extending a hand, you can touch the sky.
Further – an excursion and wine tasting in the village of Areni. This region is famous for its variety of wines.
The excursion continues to Tatev. Arriving in the village of Alidzor, to the station of the cable car
‘’Wings of Tatev ‘’, we get on the longest reversible cable car in the world (5752 m), which got into the Guinness Book of Records, and rush on the wings to the monastery of Tatev. Unforgettable experiences are guaranteed.
Return to Yerevan.