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Karahunj (Carahunge) or Zorats Karer – One of the oldest observatories in the world

Karahunj (Carahunge) or Zorats Karer - One of the olest observatories in the world

Carahunge or Karahundj, Zorakarer (Zorats Karer) is 3, 500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3, 000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids.

The total area of the observatory in Armenia is 7 hectares. According to the scientist’s findings, a temple consisting of 40 stones built in honor of the Armenians’ main God, Ari, meaning the Sun, is situated in the central part of Carahunge (Karahunj or Zorats Karer). Besides the temple, it had a large and developed observatory, and also a university that makes up the temple’s wings.

Tatev – Armenia’s tourism visit card

Tatev monastery, Armenia

Tatev  monastery is situated near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur – ancient Syunik. The monastery was founded in the ninth century in place of a tabernacle well-known in ancient times. The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there.

Echmiadzin – The Spiritual Center of Armenia

Echmiadzin, Armenia

Echmiadzin is a small spiritual center of Armenia where the world-famous the Holy Echmiadzin Cathedral is situated.

The cathedral is listed in the Unesco World Heritage Site.

Besides, Echmiadzin is the fourth largest and one of the oldest cities in Armenia and this is where the Catholicos of all Armenians lives.

The city is located in Armavir province of the country which is 20 km west of Yerevan and it takes about 30 minutes of ride by minibus.