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Khor Virap 6: The Complex. Legend.

The Complex

Though venerated from the time of St. Grigor's death (ca. 334) and mentioned as a pilgrimage site in early medieval (5th-6th centuries) chronicles, the current monastery is traced to the 7th century, when the Catholicos Nerses III (the Builder) had a small chapel built over the pit where Grigor had languished for 13 years. Another church may have been at the site before then, judging from the older blocks of stone used to construct the large central church of St. Astvatsatsin, its latest version dating to the 17th century.


1. Fortress Walls
2. Courtyard
3. St. Astvatsatsin Church (Temple to Anahit)
4. St. Gevorg Basilica (Khor Virap)


The text was edited by Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.