I’m still behind in processing photos, but here is the next batch of photos from Khor Virap, Noravank, and the Areni region.
- Khor Virap (literally “Deep Pit”) is the small church complex built around the hole that St. Gregory the Illuminator was kept in for 13 years. St. Gregory is the one credited with bringing Christianity to Armenia (and as every Armenian points out, Armenia was the first Christian nation).
- Noravank, (literally “New Monastery”) was built in the 1300s and is impressively complete. One reason may be that some of the figures that decorate the buildings were made up in a slightly Islamic style with the hope that any invading soldiers were uneducated and would think that the complex was to their religion and wouldn’t damage it.
- Areni village is known for their wine. The winery we went to had some decent cherry and pomegranate wines (but not grape wines, unfortunately). Interestingly, near Areni is a cave with the oldest evidence of wine production anywhere in the world. Go Armenia!