Armenia Tourist Attractions
Armenia Travel Guide
Yerevan - Capital of Armenia
Yerevan Republic Square
Matenadaran - Museum of Ancient Manuscripts
History Museum
National Art Gallery
Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial
Parajanov Museum
Martiros Saryan Museum
Children Art Gallery
Centre of Popular Creation
Freedom Square
Cascade
Vernissage - outdoor paintings market
Outdoor handcrafts market
Yerevan Brandy Factory
Echmiadzin
Shushi
Zvartnots
Musaler
Metsamor
Garni
Geghard
Lake Sevan
Noratus
Sanahin
Sanahin Monastery
Mikoyan Brothers Museum
Haghpat
Akhtala
Dilijan
Haghartsin
Goshavank
Ijevan
Khor Virap
Noravank
Jermuk
Sisian
Karahunj - ancient astrological observatory
Shake waterfall
Ughtasar rock images
Goris
Tatev Monastery
Devils Bridge
Khndzoresk - cave habitat
Museum of Aksel Bakunts
Ashtarak
Oshakan
Amberd
Mount Aragats
Saghmosavank
Hovhannavank
Bjni
Tsakhkadzor
Yereruyk
Yerevan Weather
Show
Exchange Rates
Show
Time in Yerevan
  28/04/2017   3:33



Armenia Tourist Attractions
 Khor Virap
Share |


Khor Virap
The Khor Virap Monastery, situated on a hill not far from the border with Turkey, is one of the sanctuaries of the Armenian Apostolic Church and a pilgrimage site.

According to the legend, this was the place for the king's dungeon, in the form of a deep pit filled with poisonous snakes and scorpions, where prisoners were thrown. By the order of King Trdat III, one of the king's associates, Grigor (Gregory) was imprisoned and spent 13 years here as being guilty of preaching Christianity. And when the king ordered to kill 3 Christian virgins - Gayane, Hripsime and Shoghakat - as the legend tells, he fell ill. People called it a "pig disease" since the king's head became hoggish. The king's sister Khosrovidukht had a dream that only Gregory languishing in the dungeon could cure the king and succeeding in freeing him. The latter buried the remains of the martyred virgins and then cured the king. Afterwards Trdat and his servants adopted Christianity and Gregory became the first Armenian Catholicos under the name of Gregory the Illuminator.

In 642 Catholicos Nerses III built a chapel in the place of the dungeon, which was later destroyed and in 1662 the current St. Astvatsatsin church was built in its place. Beautiful scenery over the biblical Mount Ararat opens from the elevation on which the Khor Virap Monastery stands.

Khor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor VirapKhor Virap





© 2005 - 2014 welcomearmenia.com. All rights reserved.