When we go to places, one of the most interesting to learn is culture and history. Each place has its own story that no one can ever copy. When we arrived in Armenia, the only piece of information we got is this: It is the first Christian country in the world. The rest of our gotten knowledge was brought to us when we experience Armenia ourselves.
1. Set your feet on a journey and let them bring you to places you’ve never been.
Before we climbed the steps up, where large inscriptions were found written in big tablets with crosses on it, the hill where one of the famous ancient monasteries was erected centuries ago, we passed by a huge area of old cemetery. Vendors are also outside, at the entrance, selling doves and birds.
2. Get to know the history behind the medieval architecture underlying Khor Virap.
As we went along, we’ve come across so much about its past. Stepping on to this place brought us to the civilization of the old and it opened our eyes to the tantalizing beauty in front of us. Really, this one is an ancient find and a must visit.
For 13 years, the guy who brought Christianity to Armenia whose name is Grigor Luisavorich who is commonly known as “Gregory the Illuminator” was held in a pit dug into an Armenian hillock. Thus the name “Khor Virap” which means “deep dungeon”. Nearest to the closed border of Turkey and located in the plains of the Ararat, Khor Virap Monastery is one of the never-missed destinations in Armenia.
3. Delight yourself with the breath-taking beauty of the Ararat Mountain.
Overlooking the monastery is the spectacular view of the snow-capped flanks of Mt. Ararat. The closest we can get and see the mountain, where it is said to be the traditional resting place of Noah’s ark, is here. Because of its biblical significance, our photos of Mt. Ararat will continue to be a keepsake that we hold forever in our hearts. Though we haven’t really seen the ark. Accordingly, one can find it in Turkey.
The monastery is surrounded by stoned wall, made up of different types of bricks. It has a strategic location and position, being on top of the hill. Upon noticing such, we got the impression that it is heavily guarded and protected during those times of attempts and invasions. After all, Armenia is known to have used monasteries as camps and hiding places of the kings during battles. One particular case is that in Sevanavank Monastery.
4. Envision a whole new world and move on to the next chapter.
Though there is nothing much activities to be done at the site, a lot of tourists are still attracted to Khor Virap Monastery because it has a lot to offer in terms of a relaxing escape while learning about its magnificent past, showcasing a picturesque background of Mt. Ararat while capturing moments, and promoting tourism of the country while bringing visitors to a whole new world.
Our time, about an hour and a half, spent in getting around in such an iconic territory was wonderfully enjoyed. As displayed in our photos, one could tell that we just had an awesome day, loaded with happy thoughts and unforgettable memories! Asked by our friends if we would ever come back again, we simply said YES!