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Khor Virapļæ¼

Khor Virap withĀ Mount AraratĀ in background

Basic informationLocationnearĀ Lusarat,Ā Ararat Province,Ā ArmeniaGeographic coordinatesļæ¼39.878333Ā°N 44.576111Ā°ECoordinates:Ā ļæ¼39.878333Ā°N 44.576111Ā°EAffiliationArmenian Apostolic ChurchRiteArmenianStateArmeniaCountryArmeniaEcclesiastical or organizational statusGoodStatusfunctionalArchitectural descriptionArchitect(s)Original chapel byĀ Nerses III the BuilderArchitectural styleArmenianGroundbreaking642 (original chapel), 1662 (current church)Completed17th century

TheĀ Khor VirapĀ (Armenian:Ā Ō½Õøր ÕŽÕ«Ö€Õ”Õŗ, meaning "deep dungeon"[1]) is anĀ ArmenianĀ monastery located in theĀ Ararat plainĀ inĀ Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0Ā mi) south ofĀ Artashat,Ā Ararat Province, within the territory of ancientĀ Artaxata.[2][3]Ā The monastery was host to a theologicalĀ seminaryĀ and was the residence of ArmenianĀ Catholicos.[4]

Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact thatĀ Gregory the IlluminatorĀ was initially imprisoned here for 14 years by KingĀ Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led theĀ proselytizingĀ activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared aĀ Christian nation.[2][5][6]Ā A chapel was initially built in 642 at the site of Khor Virap byĀ Nerses III the BuilderĀ as a mark of veneration to Saint Gregory. Over the centuries, it was repeatedly rebuilt. In 1662, the larger chapel known as the "St. Astvatsatsin" (Holy Mother of God) was built around the ruins of the old chapel, the monastery, the refectory and the cells of the monks. Now, regular church services are held in this church. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Armenia.[6]

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