Khor Virap Monastery stands on the left bank of the Araks River, in the shadow of Mount Ararat. It was here that the 4th century founder of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned in a deep pit (”Khor Virap”) for thirteen years before beginning his ministry (with the king T’rdat III) to convert the kingdom to Christianity.
Shaki Waterfall is a waterfall in Syunik Province with a height of 18 m in gorge of the River Vorotan. Legend says, that waterfall got its name in honor of the beautiful Shakeh, who, unwilling to submit to violence by one of the invaders threw herself from a high cliff. During the fall long dress girls appeared from the wind and turned into a waterfall, which was later called Shaki waterfall.
Tatev Monastery is a formidable monastic complex founded in the 9th century. It’s located on a rocky peninsula more than 100 meters above the Vorotan River. Tatev’s name is traced to St. Eustathius, one of the disciples who accompanied the Apostle Thaddeus to Armenia in the 1st century. A small church was built over the saint’s relics in the 4th century and the site was frequented by pilgrims as early as the 5th century.
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