Armenian Pit Monastery-Armenia is the first country in the world to designate Christianity as the state religion. Although the country is small, churches and monasteries are spread all over the country. Shenkeng Monastery is the place where the saints were imprisoned, and behind it is the sacred mountain Ararat. It is recorded in the "Bible" that this is the last place where Noah's Ark docked, so its status is high. From a distance, the snow peaks of the holy mountain are still faintly visible.
You must have good weather to come to this place. Standing in the deep pit monastery looking at the Attra Mountain, what is poetry and the distance... Perhaps it is the eternal pain in the hearts of the Armenians, and the snowy mountains are still in the hands of the Turks. The signal in the monastery will show the Turkish signal! There are two pits! The pits are very small and you need to wait patiently in line.
After breakfast, we checked out and left the hotel with luggage, and started our first day driving in Armenia. Following the offline "exploration map" navigation, I quickly drove out of the city of Yerevan, the capital, and entered a very spacious suburban expressway. There are not many cars in the morning, so driving is relatively smooth. Then the car entered the country road. Although it was a two-way single road, the road conditions were good. On the way, you can see Mount Ararat with snow on the top of the mountain. Unfortunately, although it is sunny today, visibility is not high, and the distant mountains look hazy. After driving about 42 kilometers in less than an hour, we arrived at the first tourist attraction today: Shenjing Church. Many tourists have arrived here, and there are already nearly ten cars in the parking lot. After parking for free in the parking lot, we started to visit the church.
Walking up to the courtyard of the church located on the rocky high ground, I saw this church with Mount Ararat as the background. Although it is located in a remote area, it is very sacred. In addition to the geographical advantage, it was also because it was once the place where the first priest who preached in Armenia achieved great achievements. According to the information, in the third century AD, the priest who was regarded as a pagan by the king was in this church and was imprisoned in the deep well for 13 years. Later, the king became seriously ill, but he survived in the deep well with the help of a mysterious woman. When the king learned about it, he let him go, but he healed the king's disease again. Since then, the king has embraced Christianity and made Christianity the state religion. So in 301 AD, Armenia became the first country in the world to regard Christianity as the state religion. This pastor is Gregorius, the first leader and enlightener of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Because of such a great priest, in 642 AD, to commemorate St. Gregorius, people built this monastery on the deep well where he was held, and this church became a sacred place. We first looked at Mount Ararat on the exterior platform of the church. Mount Ararat is divided into two peaks. The higher one is Mount Ararat (also the main peak of Mount Ararat). The measured altitudes are 5,165 meters and 5,137 meters. There is another one to the southeast of the main peak. The lower one is Little Ararat, which measures 3,907 meters and 3,896 meters above sea level. The very interesting reality is that this sacred mountain that Christians believe in is now located in Turkey, which believes in Islam. Not far from the church, you can clearly see the barbed wire fence and separation belt. Then we went to a hut to visit the deep well where the priest was detained, and went down the straight iron ladder to the deep well. In a small space, we felt the hardships of the year, which was deeply for the strength of this religious person. Moved by the will. When we walked into a monastery that was not luxurious, the layout seemed to be the same to us. Some people had started working and business early in the morning, but we did not see any religious people. Finally, I walked to the high rocky platform outside the monastery, where the grass was not covered with dust, and the mountains were endless. The large cemetery near the monastery is particularly eye-catching. The dead must also seek to settle in the land closest to heaven.
The front tower is Holvrap Monastery. Here must first introduce Gregory-Gregory the Illuminator. He is a pioneer of Armenian missions. In the third century AD, King Tiridates III of Armenia ordered the cultist Gregory to be thrown into the dungeon, which lasted 13 years. When Tiridates III was seriously ill and there was no cure, Gregory gave him a new life. Therefore, in 301 AD, the King of Armenia designated religion as the state religion, and was the first country in the world to designate religion as the state religion. The entrance to the Gregorian cellar was imprisoned. Many people didn't think that the reason for Gregory's survival was because a woman passed through the secret tunnel and kept delivering him food and water.
The deep pit monastery plays a pivotal role in Armenia. It is located on a high mountain, a hatching plain, backed by snow-capped mountains, and the atmosphere is tranquil. For thousands of years, countless practitioners have self-examined and practiced here and nurtured the unique religious culture of Armenia.