Khor Virap Monastery dates back to 4th –17th centuries and offers the best view of the Sacred Mountain Ararat where Noah’s Ark landed. Khor Virap is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia. It is the place where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years for preaching the word of Christ. He converted King Trdat III in 301 and the King adopted Christianity as the state religion. The hill of Khor Virap and the adjoining plains mark the settlement of an early Armenian capital. According to legend, the Carthage general Hannibal spent his twilight years in this area.