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Noravank Canyon

Noravank Canyon

Vayots Dzor Region is famous for its wonderful landscape and numerous caves with amongst them…

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The Treasury Museum of Echmiadzin

The Treasury Museum of Echmiadzin

The Museum of the Mother Cathedral is situated in the southeast section of the Cathedral.…

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Noy Wine Brandy Vodka Factory

Noy Wine Brandy Vodka Factory

Yerevan Noy Wine Factory, officially known as Yerevan Noy Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory or simply "Noy", is…

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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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