Khor Virab

Overview

Introduction

The small church complex at Khor Virab houses one of the holiest sites in Armenia—the dungeon where St. Gregory was imprisoned near the end of the third century AD. After his release, Gregory converted Armenia's King Trdat III to Christianity, and Armenia became the world's first Christian nation. It's a very low-key shrine, but you can climb down into the candlelit stone cell and ponder what it must have been like to spend 13 years underground. 30 mi/50 km southwest of Yerevan.

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