Zorats Karer
Zorats Karer
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Shushan
Yerevan, Armenia215 contributions
May 2019
Zorats Qarer or Qarahunge is a prehistoric archaeological place located near Sisian town, Syunic province, Armenia. It is also often called as Armenian Stonehenge. A number of huge stones are located here in a regular form, which are supposed to be an observatory thousands of years ago. Small holes on many of the stones have their meaning in terms of observing sunset time, sunrice, etc.
Written November 11, 2019
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sunwaterlime
Philippines93 contributions
Oct 2019
A short side trip on way to Goris. The surrounding mountain views are great. The site will have more interest if you read up on it before a visit. It is very old and some interesting items have been discovered during recent archeological digs. Worth a visit on way to Goris.
Written October 29, 2019
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Jonas Gunnarsson
Stockholm, Sweden539 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This, Armenia's Stonehenge, is an interesting place in a beautiful location. I found the connections to Stonehenge and Brittany more interesting than the rocks themselves, however. (As I understand it, the word "henge" has an unclear origin in the English language, and "kar" in Armenian means "stone". Karahunj = Stonehunj->Stonehenge...)

Anyway, it is well worth a stop if you happen to swing by on the main road, but unless I had a very keen interest in this type of formations, I wouldn't take a trip here just for this.
Written August 1, 2019
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louiscfl27
Houston, TX188 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A very mystical and beautiful place set in the backdrop of the Sisian mountains. The burial sites and stone avenues made of huge stones and small stones with and without holes in the rocks for unknown purposes. Maybe ballast for Noah’s ark? Definitely a must see while in Armenia. Trail walking up is a bit muddy if the car you're with can't take you up - but the walk is very pretty with all the Larks and Swift’s in the air.
Written July 3, 2019
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Miles B
Northampton, UK592 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Well, I'm afraid I'm going to have to buck the trend and say I was a little disappointed. I guess that's down to me rather than the site. I'm not sure what I was expecting but unless you're into ancient stones then it's fine for a 20 minute stop, but I be wouldn't go out of your way to see this place. We have similar sites in the UK (and I'm not thinking of Stonehenge), the standing stones at Avebury are more similar to Zorats Karer. I've no idea how old Avebury is, probably similar age to Stonehenge so a lot younger than Zorats Karer. Anyway, likewise I'd stop at Avebury if I was passing but I be wouldn't make a special trip to see the stones unless I was a student of the subject or otherwise had a specialist interest.
Written May 5, 2019
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MiaGlobetrotter
Paris, France1,055 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
I loved this place, so isolated, beautiful and mysterious with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop and vast expanses of green land all around. We were there in early May and so there were not too many people visiting, which was great. Hoards of tourists would ruin the peacefulness and aura of this site. I was with a small group but had I travelled here individually I would have taken more time to explore all of the stones which are numerous and spread far and wide. Best to read up a bit before visiting so you understand what it is you are looking at. Surprisingly, there is a small gift shop with some nice things - post cards, honey, pottery, t-shirts, etc.
Written May 22, 2018
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Alisa Amirbekyan
Yerevan, Armenia105 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Ancient archaeological site close to the city of Sisan in the Syuniq province of Armenia. According to researchers, Zorats Karer could be among the world's oldest astronomical observatories, and is at least 3,500 years older than British Stonehenge. Many of the stones were damaged over time. The stones are basalt, somewhat protected by moss but smoothed by the rain and wind and full of holes and erosion. Many people continue to visit the site searching for answers related to astronomy, they bring telescopes, and choose the dates which are the best to observe planets, the moon, and stars. It seems that the site of the Zorast Karer remains to this day a perfect place to observe the sky.
Written April 6, 2018
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