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Khor Virap  is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province.Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led the proselytizingactivity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation.A chapel was initially built in 642 at the site of Khor Virap by Nerses III the Builder as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the ruins of the old chapel, the monastery, the refectory and the cells of the monks. Now, regular church services are held in this church. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Armenia.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit of Khor Virap was very good. The guide was very friendly and speak English very good. We had a lot of time to visit Khor Virap. Tristan and Euan

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 February 2019

I love everything about Armenia most especially to our tour guide, Sergey. He made it more memorable, we found a friend in him :) Khor Virap was my favorite, got engaged facing to the beautiful mountain of Ararat. Love every bit of Armenia, must go...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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  • Private TOURS IN Armenia
  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Russian
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