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Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:08

Ararat

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Khor Virap

The Khor Virap(meaning deep pit or "deep well") is anArmenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos.Khor Virap's notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Grigor Lusavorich, who later became Saint Gregory the Illuminator, was initially imprisoned here for 13 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king's religious mentor, and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation. A chapel was initially built in 642 AD at the site of Kirat Virap by Nerses III the Builder 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 probably the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia.

 

 

Kaqavaberd

Kakavaberd is a fortress located upon a ridge overlooking the Azat River gorge at the Khosrov Reserve in the Ararat Province of Armenia. The fortified walls of Kakavaberd are well preserved and crown a ridge within the Khosrov Reserve. It is inaccessible from three of its sides because of the steep terrain. Towers at the northeastern side are 8 to 10 meters tall. Within the fortress are the ruins of a church and other structures.

 

 

 

 

Ararat

The Mountains of Ararat is the place named in the Book of Genesiswhere Noah's Ark came to rest after the great floodIn the Armenian tradition and Western Christianity, based on Jerome's reading of Josephus, the mountain became associated with Mount Masis (now known as Mount Ararat) the highest peak of the Armenian Highland. During the Middle Ages, this tradition has eclipsed the earlier association with Mount Judi even in Eastern Christianity, and the Mount Judi tradition is now mostly confined to the Islamic view of Noah.The "Mountains of Ararat" in Genesis clearly refer to a general region, not a specific mountain. Biblical Ararat corresponds to Assyrian Urartu (and Persian Arminya) the name of the kingdom which at the time controlled the Lake Van region, which in later centuries, beginning with Herodotus, came to be known as Armenia.

 

Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:21

Yerevan

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Yerevan

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia.

 

 

 

Tsiternakaberd

Tsitsernakaberd is  a   memorial  dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide; it is located on a hill overlooking Yerevan, Armenia. Every year on April 24, hundreds of thousands of Armenians gather here to remember the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide that took place in the Ottoman Empire carried out by the Turkish government.The 44 meter stele symbolizes the national rebirth of Armenians. 12 slabs are positioned in a circle, representing the 12 lost provinces in present day Turkey. In the center of the circle, at a depth of 1.5 meters, there is an eternal flame.

 

Opera House

National Academic Opera and Ballet TheatreThe Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was officially opened on 20 January 1933. The building was designed by the Armenian architectAlexander Tamanian.In January 1933, the building was officially opened. Soon after the theatre foundation, a ballet troupe was established. Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the first ballet performance in 1935.In 1938, the theatre was named after Alexander Spendiaryan, great Armenian composer, author of opera Almast which was performed in 1933 as a first performance at the theatre. The 2nd phase of the construction was completed in 1940 by according to Tamanian's design and under the supervision of his son.

 

St Grigor

St Grigor LusavorichThe Cathedral is the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a State Religion in Armenia and house for relics of St. Grigor (Gregory). Its construction was finished in 2001.The consecration of the Cathedral - the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia - took place on September 23, 2001, and now, with its whole beauty and majesty, it is visible from the numerous corners of Yerevan.The Holy Remains of St. Gregory the Illuminator were brought here from Italy. Shortly after the consecration of the Cathedral Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the Cathedral.

 

Republic Square

Republic Square (Hanrapetutyan Hraparak) is the large central town square in Yerevan, Armenia. The square is intersected by the following streets: Abovian, Nalbandian, Tigran Mets Avenue, Vazgen Sargsyan and Amiryan streets.The oval shaped square has a stone pattern in the centre, meant to look like a traditional Armenian rug from above. The large singing and dancing water fountains are located at the northern forehead of the square in front of the National Gallery.

 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 15:48

About Us

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Hike-Tour was  founded in 1982. At  first  it  was  just a  group  of  travelers  who  liked to travel around  Armenia and abroad, discover new areas, new destinations. The group  of  travelers  has overcome  various  heights, obstacles without  any fear  of  expected  difficulties. Being too much attracted from the  sights, the group members decided to convey the pleasure to those  who haven't managed  to experience  these  feelings yet.   Overcoming lots of unconquerable destinatons Hike-Tour is well known about  all the sightseeing  places in Armenia and  too much experienced  in offering different tour packages, which will suit the customers age, interests and pocket. Travel to Armenia and discover the excellence.

 

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