At first, Khor Virap was used as a royal prison. When Tiridates III was the king of Armenia, he was pagan and his assistant Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the Illuminator) was Christian. Because of the different religion, the king tortured his advisor in Khor Virap dungeon.
Khor Virap is situated in the Ararat, near the border with Turkey. It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) to the north from Yerevan. You can get there by bus (it costs 400AMD=$0.83), by taxi, or by a rented car.
Khor Virap pit was used as a prison for Grigor Lusavorich and he was harshly tortured in this pit. People all over the world come to enter and have a look at this magic place. It still bears the memories of the battle between pagan king and the Christian saint.
Khor Virap dungeon was home for Gregory the Illuminator. A woman under the impression of her dream fed saint with freshly baked bread so he survived. Soon the pagan king Trdates III went mad because a girl refused to marry him, and his sister Khosrovidhukt had a dream about Grigor.
Khor Virap Monastery was established in 642 and it is notable because the dungeon of Grigor Lusavorich was in this monastery. After saint Grigor Lusavorich was freed and cured Trdates III of madness, the king accepted Christianity as the main religion and the true one.
Month Average High Average Low
January 0° -9°
February 5° -6°
March 14° 1°
April 20° 6°
May 25° 11°
June 31° 15°
July 34° 19°
August 34° 19°
September 29° 14°
October 21° 7°
November 12° 0°
December 3° -6°
You can see Khor Virap on Google maps. Khor Virap is situated in Ararat plain in Armenia, next to the closed border with Turkey. The place of Khor Virap is also too interesting.
In general, most churches in Armenia are open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Khor Virap is a magical church and people from all over the world come to see this fantastic place. So sometimes the closing hour can be delayed as the visitors are sometimes tourists.
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Gardman Tour, 14.06.2018