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Areni is on the Arpa River, where it begins its descent into the Nakhichevan Plains. Some believe Areni was founded in the time of Genesis by Noah and his sons, who tilled the first grape vines. Excavations have found a number of Bronze, Iron and Hellenistic artifacts, including several large clay pots used in the production of wine.

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How to reach

The church is about 2 hours from Yerevan, depending on your vehicle and driver. To get there go south on the M2 highway 110 km.