Khor Virap Monastic Complex

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One of the most interesting travel destinatins in  Armenia is KHOR VIRAP!

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The citadel was at the site of the protected monastery, which housed the underground prison Virap Artashatou. It served as a court detention cell. Convicts were thrown into a deep ditch filled with snakes and poisonous insects. According to historian Agatangeghos, the Armenian Patriarch Gregory the Illuminator suffered for 13 years here. By divine intent he remained alive by the help of a Christian woman. It is believed that secretly from the guardians, the woman threw a loaf of bread into the ditch at the behest of Trdat III's sister Khosrovdoukht.

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