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Strange and unusual sights in Armenia

Armenia is a country with one of the most ancient stories among all European states. Being a landlocked country, Armenia is rich in many interesting and amazing places, and today we will tell you about the ten most unusual of them!

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“Crystals of refrain” (Crystals of Refrain), Ahtsk (Aghdzk)
Strange and unusual sights in Armenia
This is not just a random collection of stones - they are part of a story carved on a huge stone.
A 45-minute drive north-west of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is the village of Ahtsk. Not far away there is a hill, on top of which you can see a place called Kcymaerxthaere, known as “Chorus Crystals”.
Created by the geographer Imza Demetrios (Eames Demetrios), a very unusual project called “Kcymaerxthaere” is “a parallel universe that intersects with most of our linear Earth through different stories, creatures, peoples, and even the laws of physics and physical qualities of our planet”. This can be compared to a novel whose pages are in different places.
What makes this project particularly amazing and interesting is that Demetrios travels around the world and sets commemorative stones and information markers in different places, marking the historical places that connect with his world, creating real world intersections of his imaginary universe.
“Chorus Crystals” in Akhtsk tell the story of a woman named Eliala Me-Ning with the most beautiful voice in the world who saved a boy falling from a mountain gorge along with a stream of water, turning the water into soft stones with his voice who softened his blow.

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Monastery Noravank (Noravank Monastery), Yeghegnadzor
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Located in a picturesque valley, Noravank is a monastic complex built in the XIII-XIV centuries on the ledge of a narrow gorge of a tributary of the Arpa river near the town of Yeghegnadzor.
This place is a great example of the ornate architecture of the time. The complex consists of three remaining churches, each of which is decorated with intricate designs and religious reliefs: the Church of St. Astvatsatsin, the Church of St. Karapet and the chapel of St. Grigor.
When the Mongols conquered Armenia in the 13th century, they plundered many historical churches in the country.However, Noravank was freed from this fate thanks to the help of the Lord himself, depicted in one of the reliefs with large almond-shaped eyes. This pacification of the Mongolian phenotype of the Asian heritage seemed to reassure them, and they left Noravank untouched.

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Monument to the Armenian alphabet (Armenian Alphabet Monument), Byurakan
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The giant letters hewn from tuff are dedicated to the creator of the Armenian alphabet, linguist and enlightener Mesrop Mashtots.
In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration of this date, 39 letters were carved, set not far from the final resting place of the person who created the alphabet - Mesrop Mashtots.
Working on the creation of the alphabet, Mashtots was under pressure of responsibility and realized that he was fulfilling an important mission, because with the help of the alphabet it would be possible to root Christianity (as is known, Armenia was the first to adopt Christianity in 301 as a state religion) and it could be used to creating a bible for the new christian kingdom.
Mashtots developed the structure of the alphabet, making references to religion.Thus, for example, the first letter of the alphabet “A” is the first in the word “Astvats” (“God”). He created 36 letters, and his alphabet, which has the right to be called perfect (since it corresponded to the language of that era and practically did not undergo serious changes after sixteen centuries), is still used with 3 added letters.
In honor of this great work, letters of the Armenian alphabet carved out of stone were set against the background of Mount Aragats together with the statue of the enlightener Mesrop Mashtots as a tribute to the complex, unique and ancient language, which is the national pride of Armenia.

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Khor Virap Monastery, the foot of Ararat
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Armenian monastery is located near the border with Turkey, at the foot of Mount Ararat, which, according to legend, was Noah's Ark after the Flood.
The monastery of Khor Virap is located above the underground prison, which, according to legends, was the place of the 15-year imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who was there by order of the Armenian king Trdat III.
Once upon a time, on the hill on which the monastery is located, the ancient capital of Armenia was located - the city of Artashat, built around 180 BC.King Artashes I.
Today, the monastery of Khor Virap is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage for Christians from around the world. In the church of St. Astvatsatsin (Blessed Virgin Mary), built in the central part, regular worship is held.

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"Cave City" Old Khndzoresk (Old Khndzoresk Cave Village), Khndzoresk
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This impressive system of man-made caves once constituted a whole village, which stretched for 3 kilometers along the slope of a deep gorge and was one of the largest and most populous in Eastern Armenia.
The historical cave village consists of natural and artificial caves, in which, according to some estimates, lived up to 15 thousand people. There were even two churches and three schools in the village.

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Geghard Monastery, Goght
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The more complete name of this Armenian monastery, hewn in the rocks - Gegardavank ("spear monastery") - comes from Longin's spear, which pierced the body of Jesus Christ on the cross (now this spear is in the Echmiadzin Museum).
At the turn of the IV century, Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity as the official religion. Led by Gregory the Illuminator, who baptized the Armenian royal family in 301, the country plunged into religion, collecting artifacts and building impressive monasteries throughout history.
Founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, the monastery dates back to the IV century. Originally it was a small cave chapel built on the site of a sacred source. Over time, the complex grew, becoming more and more richly decorated and massive. In 1215 the main and most outstanding chapel was built.
Along with the religious importance of this place, the monastery of Geghard offers a stunning view of the gorge of the right tributary of the Azat River surrounding the complex.

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Areni Cave Complex, Areni village
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This is not only an amazing cave system, but also a place where amazing Copper Age artifacts are stored.
Located above the Armenian city of Areni in the Vayots Dzor region, the Areni Cave is a real treasure trove of copper age artifacts, including the oldest shoe, brain and winery in the world!
As a result of archaeological excavations, which have been conducted since 2007, it has been established that the cave consists of no less than 5-6 layers of the Eneolithic era (4300-3500 BC). Archaeologists have discovered a series of clay pots, each of which was on the skull, presumably, a teenager.It is noteworthy that in one of these skulls a dried, but well-preserved brain tissue with blood vessels preserved on the surface was found, which makes it the oldest primitive human brain specimen ever discovered.
An even more amazing discovery was discovered in 2010, when archaeologists unearthed a stitched leather shoe. Shoes with laces are well preserved due to the special climate of the caves. According to the analysis, scientists found that the find belongs to the time interval 3627-3377 BC, that is, the shoe was sewn almost 1000 years earlier than the pyramids of Giza were built, and 400 years earlier than Stonehenge was built. And these are only two unique finds from the multitude found in the Areni cave complex. However, the excavation continues, so it is possible that the world will hear about even more ancient artifacts.

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Levon’s Divine Underground Magic Cave, Yerevan
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When his wife asked him to build a cellar, he got a little carried away and in 23 years built an amazing system of caves.
Levon Arakelyan, a builder by profession, was already 44 years old when his wife Tosya asked him to build a cellar for storing potatoes under a house in Arinj.By the time of his death at the age of 67, he had dug an amazing system of caves, using nothing but hand tools, inspiration and tireless diligence.
Going deeper by 21 meters, the master dug up nearly 150 meters of corridors. Crossing aisles form crosses, in the middle of which there are holy places, decorated in the form of small temples with artistic carvings.
He did all this without any drawings and special equipment - as if someone from above was directing him with tips on where to dig, how to arrange the room, in which direction he should turn the corridor. This is truly a magical cave, in which everyone must visit!

9.

Garni Gorge, Jrashen
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There are many gorges on our planet, but only a few are as beautiful as this!
In the protruding part of the gorge you can see the old temple, known as the temple of Garni. Built in the 1st century AD, it is perfectly preserved. It is believed that it was founded by the Roman emperor Nero, and is the most eastern Greek temple in the world.
Initially, the temple was built to worship the Greek gods, although everything has changed since Armenia adopted Christianity.Along the gorge is a bridge of the XI century, which once crossed the river, which today has become a stream. Not far from the gorge is the ancient monastery Gegard, which we described above.

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Echmiadzin Cathedral (Holy Etchimiadzin), Vagharshapat (Vagharshapat)
Strange and unusual sights in Armenia
This is the first state church in the world, built at the beginning of the 4th century, and is still one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Echmiadzin Cathedral is the main temple of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The construction of the cathedral is associated with the name of Gregory the Illuminator, to whom Jesus Christ himself indicated a place for construction.
The cathedral is one of the oldest Christian cathedrals in the world, and since 2000 it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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