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Metsamor

Metsamor

Located just outside the village of Taronik, Metsamor is a working excavation and museum on…

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Zvartnots Cathedral

Zvartnots Cathedral

Zvartnots Cathedral is located not far from the Etchmiadzin Cathedral in the Armavir Region. The…

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Amberd Fortress

Amberd Fortress

Amberd fortress is located on the slope of the Mount Aragats in Aragahtsotn Region. It…

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Classic Tour to Armenia

Classic Tour to Armenia

10 Days from 442 EUR

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Classic Winter Tour

Classic Winter Tour

 7 Days from 275 EUR

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Portakar

Portakar ("Navel stone") is found 12 km South-East of Sisian city. It is a cone-shaped projection, which framed on the smooth rough territory (around a couple sq. km) of the top part of the cave. In national convictions, for millenniums, people thought it was the focal point of the world, where people originated. Portakar was considered as the symbol of reproduction, fertility and parenthood. (in all probability it was associated with cult of goddess Anahit – goddess of richness and parenthood in Armenian pantheon).

According to the tradition, barren ladies held certain ceremonies here, after which touching the stone with the navel, they turned round looking forward to being cured. Women making this kind of pilgrimage were recovering psychologically.

 

 

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