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| Artashat, Lusarat, Armenia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I think I like the mountainous views more than the monastery though the monastery is actually quite nice as well. I enjoyed seeing the vast plains reaching over to the Turkish borders and the history that came with these borders..

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jonih916
Reviewed October 22, 2018

it was lucky to capture the monastery looking towards the snow mountain on a clear and crisp day. Our guide said it wasn't so just a couple days ago.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank capital c
Reviewed October 14, 2018

If you happen to be there during a clear sunny weather, you can be sure you won't regret the visit at Khor Virap! The view of Ararat is stunning. You can also visit the monastery, which has a very interesting history. It's a must see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ewa S
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

This is among the favorite pilgrimage monasteries in Armenia & my personal favorite Armenian story. Khor Virap was the prison of Gregory the illuminator for 13 years. He was an assistant to King Tiridates III, who was a pagan ruler & who disliked Gregory for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

You have to hike up a slope to get here, but it's doable for anyone in average health. The views of Mount Ararat from here are great -- it's very close to the mountain -- weather/smog/fog permitting. The structure's architecture is great, too, and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

This was our least favourite and the most disappointing place in our Armenia trip, probably as a result of the crowds that were there. There were at least 6 large tour buses when we visited. Why I have such few photos tells its own story...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank NomadicTraveller7
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Hazy conditions but still had a much better view of the Ararats. The monastery was interesting enough. The main pit is a bit of a drama to enter as one way up and down and no organisation so it's a patient wait to access it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Grader07
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Amazing view on Mount Ararat. You can easily get there by taxi for Yerevan but you need to negotiate the price. We paid 6000 AMD which seems to be really reasonable price. By bus it cost 500 AMD but later you have to go 4...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jarosław U
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Best view of the biblical mountain Ararat where Noah settled and grew grapes after the flood. Such a beautiful and magnificent place with the church where gregory the illuminator was imprisoned, make to climb up for the best view of the mountain.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank simonh1986aus
Reviewed August 23, 2018

The easiest way to get here is with a car. The monastery lies on the uphill. The 17th century church is a simple structure surrounding a large courtyard which looks like a fort complex. The parking lot is beneath where you have to climb to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 26, 2018|
Response from 625marinette | Reviewed this property |
I would say, it depends on the season. 9 to 6 is on the safe side, correct timings. If you come late, you can see khor viral from the outside but you might not be able to enter the church. My recommendation is to go early... More
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January 24, 2015|
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Response from Manvel A | Reviewed this property |
Dear Mandy, It is not snowing in April, it is a perfect spring time there. maybe it will rain, but not snow. There is a steep staircase to reach the monastery, but there is also a driveway. VisitArm tour agency offers... More