Experience a remarkable view of Mount Ararat near the fenced border with Turkey at Khor Virap. The monastery serves as a pilgrimage site where Armenia's patron saint--Gregory the Illuminator--was imprisoned for 14 years by King Tiridates II. Inside the enclosed compound, explore the elaborate altar in the Church of the Holy Mother of God, as well as a 60 m (200 ft) deep pit-prison built underneath St. Gevorg Chapel. Expect to climb many stairs to reach the monastery, and bring your walking shoes. For Khor Virap and beyond, use our Ararat Province trip itinerary maker app to get the most from your Ararat Province vacation.
Khor Virap Tours
Group Tour: Khor Virap, Noravank, ancient "Birds-Cave", Hin Areni (wine tasting) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $23
Duration: 8 hours
Khor Virap monastery-Areni -Norvank -Tatev-Goris 1night 2 days BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $145
Duration: 2 days
Khor Virap Reviews
Import spot in Armenian history and right on the border with Turkey (just a 100m away or so). As everyone remarks, good spot too to see mount Ararat, which has a textbook volcanic mountain shape and i... more »
again....one has to see it and live the experience....the mount Ararat and the St Gregorian Monastery compliment each other.....too good and we enjoyed a sunny day.....long drive and fab views more »
Impressive views of Mt Ararat from in front of this small monastery. Stop at the vineyards 1 km from it for some nice shots to capture the monastery and mountain. Go in the late afternoon to get the best photos and to avoid the hordes of visitors who descend on coach tours. A taxi from Yerevan is cheap and will wait for you.
Perhaps the most important and symbolic church complex in Armenia. Its only 45 km away from Armenia. Easily reachable. By taxi it costs around 8000-10000 drams. Located only a few hundred meters away from the Armenian-Turkish Border.
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