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Armenia - The Khor Virap Monastery & Pilgrimage site - Deep pit - Deep well - Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain | by © Lucie Debelkova / www.luciedebelkova.com
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Armenia - The Khor Virap Monastery & Pilgrimage site - Deep pit - Deep well - Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain

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The Khor Virap - Խոր Վիրապ, meaning deep pit or "deep well" is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the border with Turkey, 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.

 

If there is a single place/shot I have seen and wanted to see with my own eyes in Armenia, it must be the Khor Virap Monastery standing in front of biblical Mt. Ararat. To get this shot I had to visit this place 3 times and even the 3rd time I had to wait for some time to get this wonderful light. Travel photography is fun, however not always rewarding with the best light the first time you visit the location, however when you have the luxury of time and have a chance to come back thanks to proper planning, you might be rewarded with shot like this (Although Mt. Ararat is still partly hiding behind those clouds).

 

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: 70.00 - 200.00 mm; Focal length: 138.00 mm; Aperture: 7.1; Exposure time: 1/200 s; ISO: 100

 

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Taken on May 6, 2011